Alpacas practice for the big time

What do you do when your guest eats your flowers?

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.

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