Farm’s Annual Open House Showcases Local Alpacas

The Dispatch
By: The Dispatch
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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BERLIN — Ocean Breeze Alpacas will host an annual open house on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the farm at 10304 Caleb Road in Berlin. In the event of rain, the event will be held Sunday, Oct. 28.

The farm will be open free to the public for tours, demonstrations and activities. Co-owners Nancy and Susan Taylor invite all to come meet their alpacas and visit their Breezy Barn farm store of local alpaca yarn, roving and fibers. Alpaca goods and one-of-a-kind hand knits are also available for sale in the shop, just in time for the holiday gift-giving season.

“We hope everyone can join us on Saturday when we have invited various fiber artists to demonstrate,” said Susan Taylor. “Bring your own project and come create with us under the tent. All spinners, knitters, weavers, etc. are welcome. There will be games, activities, and our popular hayride for the kids and the young at heart. “

“Come by and check out our many new items from Classic Alpaca, the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool, and our local consigners,” said Nancy Taylor. “Our hats, scarves, socks, gloves and stuffed alpaca toys make great gift items for the up-coming holidays. You can get an early start on your holiday shopping with our one-of-a-kind local hand-knit items, or purchase some of our own alpaca yarn to start your own projects.”

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Shear joy: Two baby alpacas born at Sweet Olive Farm Animal Rescue

The Red & Black
By: Melissa Ge
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As an animal sanctuary, Sweet Olive Farm in Winterville typically gets rescues, not newborn animals. However, this changed on Oct. 5 and 7. Two baby alpacas, named “May” and “Pearly June,” made their debut at the farm — somewhat unexpectedly.

May, a fluffy, dark brown alpaca with white across its forehead, was born on Friday, Oct. 5 and Pearly June, also known as simply “Pearl” or “June,” was born on Sunday, Oct. 7.

When Sweet Olive found May, she was already dry and fluffy, unlike Pearly June, who looked wet and thin like a typical newborn.

“I was giving a tour to somebody and Kat [the owner of Sweet Olive] looked over at the alpaca area and said, ‘There's a baby in there,’” said Janie Sanders, a regular volunteer from Colvert. “We didn’t know any of these guys were pregnant. We know she was born here.”

Kat Howkins, the co-founder and CEO of Sweet Olive Farm, isn’t quite sure.

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Arts And Crafts Galore In Wethersfield Cove

Daily News
By: Joan Hunt
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The sun smiled on the Wethersfield Arts and Crafts Fair, on Sep. 29, bestowing fair weather and comfortable temperatures on the annual event.

People were drawn to the green in Old Wethersfield cove for the sheer variety of artists and artisans that come from all around to share their creativity.

Round Hill Alpacas brought not only its wares, but two charming representatives of the fiber source: Iko and Rio . Owner Randy Hall said they have 125 alpacas on their Coventry farm, representing 22 natural colors of the breed. Iko, being a dark rose grey, is a most unusual color. Rio, he said, got his name because he was born two years ago, during the summer Olympics that were held there.

Alpacas live about 25 years and are shorn once a year, in the spring. Hall said the shawls for sale in the booth were made from the first sheering of a baby alpaca, which is the softest fiber of all. To make socks more durable, a mixture of merino and bamboo are added to the alpaca wool.

He encouraged visitors to pet the animals on their necks, but not their furry heads. No reason to fear getting bitten, he said, because they have teeth on the bottom only, with a rubber gum on the top of their mouths.

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Bozeman's Alpacas Of Montana holding #NameTheBabyAlpaca contest

ABC FOX Montana
By: Rachel Louise 
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BOZEMAN - Driving down Cottonwood Road in Bozeman, you might be surprised to spot a herd of alpacas grazing in the fields.

It's a curious sight, and the owners of Alpacas of Montana know it. That's why they open their doors every year for a two-day Alpaca Open House, an opportunity to give the community a peek at what life is like on an alpaca farm.

This weekend, Alpacas of Montana celebrated both National Alpaca Day and their 15th Alpaca Open House - and they're holding a #NameTheBabyAlpaca contest.

James Budd, the owner of Alpacas of Montana, says that the draw to see the alpacas is so strong, it bring in people from states away, as far as Washington and California.

It’s a rare chance to walk alongside an alpaca, hold a cria (baby alpaca), or feed the animals from your own hand.

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