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Area alpaca farms to participate in open house, demonstrations

March 19, 2009

Eight local farms will participate in Alpaca Days '09 on March 28 and 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Annapaca Farm, 10702 Mapleville Rd., Hagerstown.

The event, which is free to the public, will be held rain or shine.

There will be seminars and demonstrations throughout the weekend. Spinning, weaving and felting of alpaca fleece will be part of the program. The program will provide an overview on handling and care of the animals and spectators can watch 4-H members work alpacas through obstacles courses.

There will be raffles, prizes, food and activities for families. There will be alpacas for sale, alpaca products, raw fleece and yarn, and lots of owners and breeders on hand to help answer questions.

Participating farms include Annapaca Farm and Alpaca Shop, Alpacas Carlos, Alpine Alpacas, Antietam Alpaca Co., Cherry Run Farm and Paca Gear, GAR Alpaca Co., Long Acres Alpaca Farm and Long Meadow Alpaca Co.

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For more information, contact Leslie Hendrickson at the Washington County Agricultural Marketing Office at 301-791-1504, ext. 21.

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