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Weekend event celebrates alpacas

Includes activities, demonstrations

POSTED: September 28, 2012 12:28 a.m.
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Dennis Watts, left, Ric Larred and Tucker Watts sheer an alpaca at Thunder River Suri Alpaca Farm. Alpaca Farm Day is set for Saturday. Visitors can learn about the animals and alpaca products during the free event.

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A north Forsyth alpaca farm will open its doors to the public on Saturday.

Thunder River Alpacas is participating in Alpaca Farm Day, an annual event sponsored by the Alpaca Owners & Breeders Association.

The event encourages alpaca farm owners nationwide to invite people in to learn about the animals and alpaca products.

Thunder River owner Rose Moffett said the free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Among the activities will be tours, refreshments and several demonstrations, such as how alpaca fleece is turned into yarn, and spinning, knitting and crocheting with the yarn.

Guests can also pick up alpaca manure for their vegetable or flower gardens and visit the farm store to browse for alpaca products, including throws, socks, hats, scarves and shawls.

Moffett said the best part of the day may be meeting the animals, which are cousins of the llama and native to the Andean Mountain range in South America.

“We invite the public to come to our farm and meet the alpacas and learn more about these inquisitive, unique animals,” she said.

 

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