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Meet A Friendly Alpaca

22 Sep , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

OK, quick question for you.

What’s the difference between an alpaca and a llama?

Visually, they are quite similar. Though so closely-related that the two can cross breed, alpacas are smaller and were bred not for working, but specifically for their fiber. Alpaca wool is popular for weaving blankets, socks, scarves, and other textiles.

There will be an opportunity later this month to get to know alpacas up close and personal. The National Alpaca Days Open House will be taking place on September 26 and 27 at Shady Lane Farm.

Enjoy the animals, ride the pony cart, visit the big tent with folks demonstrating how to make goods out of alpaca fiber, enjoy ham & beans from the cauldron, and have a really great doughnut. You can also watch the blacksmith from Ohio Village in Columbus, and buy alpaca goods both made on the farm and also imported from Peru.

Most activities (including hiking) are outdoors, and guests are asked to maintain social distancing and to wear a mask while in the farm shop.

Shady Farm Lane is located at 3073 Gass Road in Lexington. The event is free and takes place from Noon until 6 PM on both days.

Source: Shady Lane Farm, Wikipedia; Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

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