Alpacas practice for the big time
Sun, 29 Apr 2012 21:02:09 GMT —
Sunday morning, we were visited by two baby alpacas, and their owner. Polly Michaels, from Finger Lakes Alpacas, brought two of her animals, a one year old and an eight month old--neither boy fully grown--to preview next weekend's big State Fairgrounds alpaca show.
She said it was a 'dress rehearsal' for the two, being off their farm, and it had a couple bumps, including one of the boys taking a bite out of our pansies! But for the most part, they were well-behaved, ogling for the camera and humming (as Polly told me, because they don't know the words--yes, we groaned)
Alpacas are a growing farm business in New York, raised for their fleece, which is woven or spun, much like cashmere. The animals are sheared once a year, in the spring, right after their spring show.
TheNortheast Alpaca Expo is Saturday and Sunday, May 5 & 6, at the State Fairgrounds Admission is free, with both alpacas and products from their fleece on display.