ALPACA Days 2011 - Hagerstown, Maryland 7 Local Alpaca Farms at the Washington County Agricultural Center

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People are invited the weekend of April 16, 17, at the Washington County Agricultural Center, where there will be lots of alpacas to meet, fiber, weaving and spinning demonstrations, educational seminars by the local alpaca vet and breeders, children's events, luxurious alpaca products for sale, and experienced breeders on hand to answer questions. This is an annual fun weekend event for the whole family.

More and more, alpacas are in the news, and the reasons for this are numerous. Many people are entering the industry to experience a new, rewarding lifestyle. Animal lovers will fall hard for these creatures. They are enchanting, full of personality and fun, and they produce high end fiber which can be made into clothing, textiles, yarn, etc.

Only a few acres are required to sustain a small herd, and in fact the average herd size in the US is less than 12. Alpacas eat 1 ½ to 2 ½ small bales of hay per month, depending upon how much pasture they are on. While alpacas are environmentally friendly and even beneficial to the land, what makes them even more “green” is their end product…alpaca fiber. They produce five to ten pounds of luxurious fleece per year. No chemicals are employed during feeding or the industrial production of alpaca fleece into fiber, and because the fiber does not have lanolin, it rarely causes allergic reactions.

Here in Hagerstown, Maryland are some of the top farms in the nation. There are multi-championship herdsires of every color with breeding fees as high as $5,000. Local farms sell their alpacas all over the country as this industry steadily grows. Non-breeders start around $250 each, and breeders range from $3,000 on up.

To see and perhaps purchase some of these bloodlines, all are welcome to visit the Washington County Ag Center, April 16, 17. The farms listed below will be hosting the first all alpaca event ever, at this location. All will bring alpacas from their farms, and high end as well as non-breeding pet quality alpacas will be for sale. There will also be demonstrations and short seminars for those interested in learning more about alpacas, and lots of alpaca products, children’s events, and fun! All the participating breeders will be happy to answer questions about this exploding industry, and please contact any participant below for more information about the upcoming event.
ALPACA Days 2011 http://www.HagerstownMarylandAlpacas.com

April 16, 17 Sat./Sun. 10-4 Rain or shine FREE No dogs please.

Washington County Agricultural Center – Exit 29 I-70, south of Premier Outlets
7313 Sharpsburg Pike
Boonsboro, MD 21713
Your Hosts:
Stone Meadow Alpacas
Mark and Jean Widder info(at)stonemeadowalpacas.com

Long Acres Alpaca Farm
Sarah and Mike Donahoe sarah(at)longacresalpacafarm.com

GAR Alpaca Co. Jim(at)GARalpaca(dot)com
Jim Michaels and Lauren Petersen

December Moon Alpacas decembermoonalpacas(at)myactv(dot)net
Bobbi and Donny Norvell

Cherry Run Farm cherryrunfarm(at)frontiernet(dot)net
Jeff and Beth Hull

Antietam Alpaca Co. kcaruso007(at)aol(dot)com
Kim Caruso

Alpine Alpacas info(at)alpinealpaca(dot)com
Nancy Lake

Washington County Agriculture
Leslie Hart, Marketing Specialist http://www.washco-agmarket.net

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