Some of you know that I live very near several Alpaca farms. Both farm families are wonderful, and active in promoting alpacas. These two farms are Thistledown Alpacas, and Fireweed Farm Alpacas. From my perspective, one farm is very oriented toward showing alpacas, and have championship animals, while the other is very focused on the husbandry, transporting alpacas, and shearing. Both farms sell alpacas. Both farms are very welcoming to the public. That doesn’t mean, Just drop in! I’m going to give you contact info, so you can make an appointment to visit, and I’m going to give you some dates, so you can see them in public forums.
Thistledown Alpacas ( http://www.thistledownalpacas.com )is the farm of the Christies. They are in Manakin Sabot, Virginia. Some dates you might find interesting are:
National Alpaca Farm Day Weekend at Thistledown Alpacas, 489 Manakin Ferry Road, Manakin Sabot, VA 23103:
Saturday 27 September, 2008 – 12.30 p.m. until 4.00 p.m.
Sunday 28 September, 2008 – 12.30 p.m. until 4.00 p.m.
Fall Fiber Festival of Virginia, Montpelier, VA – October 4-5, 2008. For more information, please visit http://www.fallfiberfestival.org
Centerville Pumpkin Festival, Centerville, VA – Saturday 11 October, 2008, 10.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. For more information about this wonderful family-oriented arts and crafts festival, now in it’s third year, visit http://centervillepumpkinfestival.blogspot.com VAOBA Expo, Lexington, VA – October 17-19, 2008. Thistledown Alpacas is proud to be a Platinum Sponsor of this show for the second year. For more information about the largest alpaca show in Virginia, please visit http://www.vaobaexpo.com
Jane’s children are a very integral part of the Alpaca farm, showing the animals, caring for them, and interacting with the public with very good information about the animals. To contact Thistledown Alpacas for a visit, fiber, or more information on Alpacas, their e-mail is: Jane@ThistledownAlpacas.com
Fireweed Farm Alpacas ( http://www.fireweed-alpacas.com) is the Alpaca farm right down the road from me. Teri and David are also very good about educating the public on alpacas. They hold workshops on breeding, and neonatal care of alpacas. They also specialize in transporting alpacas, and shearing clinics. They too, welcome visitors. I’ll edit this post later, with important dates for Fireweed.
Bye for now.