Alpaca Farm Days – Huge Success!
Over 100 people of all ages visited Alpacas of Anza Valley and caught “Alpaca Fever!”
Ranch visitors were greeted by a new baby (cria) less than 24 hours old on Saturday. The next day, another cria was born and the crowd witnessed the owners, Julie & Don Roy, step in and handle the necessary “well baby care” needs. Visitors even assisted with some contributions to the “name the cria” contest. Both cria ran around and entertained the crowds with their cute antics by days end.
In addition to learning about the simple alpaca ranching chores, visitors watched spinning demonstrations by a local hand spinner, fed the friendly alpacas and received a nuzzle or two from the affectionate young females (yearlings.)
After spending time walking among the alpacas, the visitors went inside the 600 sq feet Alpaca Boutique to see first hand the luxurious and affordable items made from their super-soft fleece.
Originally alpaca fleece known as the “Fiber of the Gods” was worn only by the Inca Royalty. The Boutique, all decked out with bright holiday lights, wreaths, garland, red balls and gold bows, was the perfect place to show off the hand made hats, scarves, gloves, socks and yarn. Even the alpaca plush teddy bears sported bright red ribbons and bows in honor of the Holidays. The skeins of yarn, fanned out like displays of rainbows showcased the natural rich colors of grey, black, brown, camel (fawn), beige and white fiber collected from the Roy’s herd.
While in the Boutique, visitors entered their name in a drawing for 3 prizes. The winners were chosen at the end of the event on Sunday. The top prize, valued at over $100.00 went to a local Anza resident, Kristie (shown here holding her large chocolate brown alpaca teddy bear.) The second place, a $30.00 gift certificate went to a resident from Warner Springs, and the third place, a beautiful alpaca calendar now hangs in a home in Murrieta.
Visitors also had an opportunity to express their interest in the upcoming hands-on seminar called “Raising Alpacas Made Simple” which will be held on Nov 3, from 9 – noon. For details about the limited seating seminar, contact Julie Roy, 951-763-4222. A few spaces are still available.
The next Open Ranch Day will be on Saturday, Dec 1 from 10 am-4 pm. Contact Julie or Don for more details. 951-763-4222