Three area alpaca farms recently took champion and reserve champion honors at two national certified alpaca shows.
Long Acres Alpaca Farm in Mercersburg, Pa., took champion honors in the gray male category, and Alpine Alpacas in Hagerstown and Cherry Run Alpacas in Mercersburg took reserve champion honors, also in the gray male category.
The two events, Empire Extravaganza in Syracuse, N.Y., and VAOBA Expo in Doswell, Va., are considered the top two competitions in the fall for alpaca breeders.
There were nearly 1,000 alpacas total at the two events.
All three farms have established a national reputation for raising and exhibiting alpacas.
Owners Michael and Sarah Donahoe of Long Acres Alpaca Farm, and Jeff and Beth Hull of Cherry Run Alpacas, have been raising alpacas since 2005. Don and Nancy Lake of Alpine Alpacas have been in business since 1998.
All three farms are frequent winners of champion and reserve championships, but this is the first time they have done so as the top two finishers in two major events.
In addition to raising alpacas, Long Acres Alpaca Farm and Cherry Run Alpaca Farm have clothing and gift shops specializing in alpaca products, and Cherry Run has a conifer tree farm.
Alpine Alpacas started its herd in Colorado and has been breeding gray huacayas for 14 years.
All farms welcome visitors year round.
For more information, go to www.LongAcresAlpacaFarm.com, www.CherryRunFarm.com or www.AlpineAlpacas.com.