Monday, September 30, 2013

National Alpaca Farm Days...Our Version

This past weekend was National Alpaca Farm Days.
It is a weekend that encourages all alpaca farms across the United States to open their farms,
free of charge to allow people to visit the alpacas, learn about the breed,
gain knowledge and share the love of these beautiful animals.

We have been a part of this great weekend for 4 years now.
Every year we are overwhelmed and astonished to see many new and returning
smiling faces that visit us.

We will never know how many visitors we had over the two days,
but we would periodically take a look around and count the groups.

We opened our doors, stocked the farm store and braced for the crowds.
We are guesstimating around 1,000 people said hi to our alpacas.
Pretty amazing.

Our yarn came just in time. The boxes are much less full today!!!!


We set up the pen and brought some alpacas up close and personal to the people!
Everyone seemed to love them.

 Andee was busy at the register all weekend.

Our new store sign that I designed. We look like the real deal now!
 My mom :)

 I loved watching visitors sit, relax and enjoy the farm. Some took time to watch the alpacas, some enjoyed the rocking chairs and snuck in some knitting and spinning time. Thank you Gina, for your beautiful message you sent through Ravelry. That's one of the best things about this weekend. It brings so many people together.
 The Chelsea Yarn girls!
So excited for them to visit the farm and buy OUR yarn!!! Can't wait to see the finished product.
 Seriously, is this baby the cutest??? I have very cute nephews :)

 My mom and sister sat throughout the weekend and showed how they spin the yarn on their wheels.

 Liz winding someone's yarn purchase

 A happy customer! 
She is the proud new owner of one of my grandfather's handmade yarn bowls.

 Paca watching...
 My mom giving Smoke Ring a big hug.

 The babies were a hit

 My mom and dad at the end of the day. We made it!!!!

Me and my boys
 Probably very mean of me to take this picture, but Chase was VERY VERY VERY tired after a long weekend and no naps and was VERY VERY VERY sad that Harper ate his hot dog.

 Oh....and a bit of happy news :)
Baby #2 is on the way for Liz and Nick!!
and it's ANOTHER BOY!!!!!!!!!!!! That makes 7 grandsons for my parents.
No girls...... Tractors and dirt only I suppose.
Really...all boys. Out of 3 girls, we have produced 7 boys.
Thank you again to everyone that stopped by and enjoyed the weekend with us.

I also want to thank the visitors that sent us beautiful messages and notes.
They brought "tears to my mom's ears" (she knows what I means!)
But really, my mom doesn't cry. EVER. And she cried reading the notes.
It is all very touching and amazing.

Happy Alpaca Days :)


  1. I'm so sad I couldn't be there. I felt like crying the whole way through this post until I saw the picture of Chase after Harper ate his hotdog. Then I laughed out loud. And I can't believe Lizzie is having another boy!

  2. what a great entry, you shared some beautiful images!! i had such a wonderful time at the farm, i always do. you are all so very kind to me.....and many thanks for all the carrots, i am a carrot hog!!

    and congrats to nick and liz, you guys sure are on a streak!!

  3. oh, I wish I could have been there! wonderful post & photos, wonderful weekend & wonderful news about the newest baby boy on the way :))

    congratulations everybody!

  4. It was amazing! My daughters were so taken by the sincerity and generosity of your family. Thank you for letting us experience (and photograph) your little piece of heaven! What a treasure!