National Alpaca Day this Saturday! FREE event in TEMECULA.
On Saturday, September 28th from 10am until 4 pm,
The Alpaca Hacienda will open its doors to the community in celebration of
National Alpaca Farm Days.
The event is free and sure to delight animal lovers of all ages.
Visitors will be able to see and hand feed an array of
gentle alpacas, raised for their cashmere-like wool, and learn about their colorful
history and care. Fiber artists will
demonstrate the carding and spinning of alpaca fiber into luxurious yarns at
two times throughout the day, 11am and 1pm.
At 2pm is Children’s Story Hour, where kids can sit on straw bales and
listen to stories about alpacas. Many alpacas will be available for sale.
The day would not be complete without a visit to the
Boutique, where visitors will find a unique selection of alpaca products, from
soft plush toys to luxurious scarves, hats, throws, socks and shawls, many of
which are crafted by local artisans. The Boutique is offering a 10% discount on
all items in celebration of the event.
“Alpacas are gentle, inquisitive animals and are a delight
to raise,” said Beth Osborne, owner of The Alpaca Hacienda. “We welcome the opportunity to share our
alpacas with our community, so that more people can learn about them and become
acquainted with the beautiful, warm items that are produced with their
fiber. We shear them once a year, so no
animals are ever harmed in the process, which is important to me.”
Alpacas are a small relative of the camel native to the
Andes Mountains of South America, and are uniquely adapted to the cold, harsh
climate found there. They are descendants
of the wild vicuna, and were prized by the Incas for their soft, lightweight,
and insulating fiber, known as “The Fiber of the Gods.” They make a gentle
humming sound, and can live for 20 years.
The Alpaca Hacienda has been raising alpacas since 2004 and
offers alpaca sales, boarding, and group tours.
They have been featured on Pet.TV as well as in Oprah Magazine.
The ranch is located at 31755 Rancho Vista
Road, Temecula, CA 92592. Parking is available on the street outside
the gate. For more information visit their website atwww.TheAlpacaHacienda.com, or call
The Alpaca Hacienda at 951-699-3189.