Looking for a fun and unusual outing? National Alpaca Farm Days is September 26th and 27th where alpaca farms nationwide will open their farms to the public. This is a great time to get out to alpaca farms and learn about alpacas, their background, their fleece and what can be done with it, the products the fleece makes, the tax benefits to owning alpacas, costs of raising alpacas, and of course, the babies or crias as they are called. Most farms will be open between 9-5 both days. See the specific farms in our County and what they will be hosting for the weekend. If you never have visited an alpaca farm, here is a blog about one first experience!A Slice of Heaven Alpacas in Randolph will be open both days, and are having DRAWINGS for
1. A pair of alpaca slippers
2. An alpaca bear
3. An alpaca blanket
Enter all weekend for the winners drawn at 4pm on Sunday! Chili, cider, donuts and coffee will be available for sale, with ALL proceeds going the to Randolph Community Cupboard. Visit their website for more specific information on the Farm.
BearKat Alpacas at 4685 Rt. 98 in Humphrey (just 1/4 mile away from Pumpkinville!) will be open both days from 9am to 5pm. They will serve cider and donuts. Please visit them on their website and plan the day to visit them and neighboring Pumpkinville.
Countyline Alpacas at 12946 West Main St in Randolph will be open both days of the weekend and look forward to sharing their story as a newly opened alpaca farm. They will have alpaca fleece products for sale and hope to receive many visitors! Like them on Facebook!
Cozy Cabin Alpacas at 9254 Rt. 353 in Dayton will be open both days from 0am to 5pm. They will serve coffee and donuts in the orning or hot dogs and other refreshments in the afternoon. They are having a DRAWING for
1. alpaca slippers
2. alpaca scarf
Give them a like on Facebook!
Edgewood Farm Alpacas at 1232 Four Mile Rd. in Allegany.
Hy-Haven Farms at 516 Johnson Hollow Rd. in Cuba will be open both days from 10am to 4pm. Their shop offers all sorts of alpaca products from hats to blankets to teddy bears. They will also be showing their animals. Please visit their website!
Lakeview Farm Alpacas at 1789 David Dr. in Olean (372-1532). They will be open both days for visitors to come and see the alpacas, feed them and even walk them! They are located close to the Chuckwagon on David Dr. in Olean. An expanding farm, they are currently in the process of building more room for their alpacas, dogs and ducks. Visitors are welcomed to interact with all their animals and enjoy the view along their pond. Jean Ewing, a teacher, will teach the children how she spins the fibers into yarn, allowing them to feel how soft it is and also what finished products like scarves, mittems, and socks look like! Jean shows great pride in her alpacas and also competes with them. She has won a national championship in Ohio for one of the alpacas that was born and raised on their farm. Stop by and see them or visit their website.
Mager Mountain Alpacas at 69 Mountain View Dr. in Little Valley will be open both days this year from 9am to 5pm (this is the 13th year they have participated!!). They will be highlighting the 5 new babies (called crias) that were born to the far this year. They are a variety of colors with one being rose grey. Visitors will learn about the history of alpacas and why people raise them. The So Soft Gift Shop is stoccked with the latest alpaca fashion that demonstrates the warms and softness of alpaca fiber. Lyn Telaak will have her trained alpacas, Tony and Smudge, going through the obstacle course for your enjoyment or to try YOUR hand at leading them through the course! The public is welcome, free admission, to enjoy the 30 alpacas and llamas on a beautiful fall day.
Sugartown Farms at 6277 Sugartown Rd. in Ellicottville is located just 1/4 mile away from the downtown village of Ellicottville and close to Pumpkinville as well! They will be open both days from 10am to 5pm. They will have alpacas for people to visit with and it should be mentioned that they have 14 little crias (babies) this year! They have a store which offers a wide variety of alpaca products including sweaters. They also hold an open house the weekend of Ellicottville's Fall Fest, Columbus Day Weekend. Please visit their website.
VanDyke's Alpaca Ranch at 5500 Howe Hill Rd in Great Valley.
Other farms in our County that will not be open this weekend, but welcome visitors include:
Cardinal Acre Alpacas at 9759 Manley Hill Rd. in Little Valley. "Sorry, our farm will not be open for farm days, but we welcome visitors any other time, just call ahead. Put us on your Fall travel list of places to go. You will be able to see up close our 20 alpacas, all colors, all ages. Learn about their history, daily care routine, incredible value of their fleece. Our gift shop carries a wide variety of alpaca related products, many hand knit or crafted from our alpacas fleece. We look forward to your visit."
LadySong Farms at 2473 Bunker Hill Rd. in Randolph will not be open for this specific weekend but do welcome visitors by calling ahead. Currently the owners are looking to downsize, so if you have ever thought of owning an alpaca give them a call! They will retain some alpacas for fiber production and sell handspun yarn from their Suri Alpacas on their website. Like them on Facebook!
Never Ending Alpaca Farm at 1285 Lillibridge Rd. in Portville will not be open for the Alpaca Farm Days, however they do welcome visitors to stop by either by calling ahead first or just dropping (may not always be available). They specialize in breeding and selling alpacas and Jerry is eager to help others who wish to start an alpaca farm or are interested in the benefits of having an alpaca farm and the ins and outs of breeding alpacas. Please call 716 933-8561 or visit their website.