VACAVILLE — The fuzzy alpacas at Ahh . . . Sweet Alpacas are ready to greet visitors once again during National Alpaca Farm Days as Bruce Nelson and his family open up their ranch to those interested in learning about these close relatives of the llama.
The free event is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28-29 at 7924 Charlotte Lane in Vacaville.
In addition to the alpacas, visitors can watch spinning demonstrations, see and buy alpaca products and watch an educational video about the history of the alpaca, which goes back 5,000 years to the Inca Indians of Peru.
Nelson will have about 10 alpacas, including three crias, which are alpaca babies, in an area for visitors.
“They will get to mingle with the animals and feel them,” Nelson said of the animals he called “sweet, gentle and curious.”
Many others are also on the property and can be viewed but will not be in the mingling enclosure.
National Alpaca Farm Days began in 2007 with a variety of alpaca operations opening doors to visitors.
Nelson participated that first year with about 40 interested people showing up after only national advertising. That number grew the second year with a little more local publicity and by the following year the number ballooned – the past couple of years, Nelson said he sees an average of 600 people during the two-day event.
“Each year we have new people come out but we have a lot of people who have been out four or five years in a row,” he said. “It’s grown exponentially (since the beginning).”
For more information, call 448-9157, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.sweetalpacas.com. The national website is www.nationalalpacafarmdays.com.
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