2011-05-12 / Correspondents' Notes

First Annual Shearing Day

Alpacas continue to receive attention. Their maintenance is often questioned. People can see these unfamiliar animals and watch the fleece be sheared later this month in Mercersburg.

Long Acres Alpaca Farm is observing its first-year event of alpacas and fleece shearing at the farm on May 9, 2011.

“Alpacas have been domesticated for over 5000 years,” said Sarah Donahoe owner of Long Acres Alpaca Farm, Mercersburg, Pa. “With the event we want to teach the public about these fascinating animals and the beautiful products they can produce with their fiber. These alpacas go from plush and supersized to slender and well groomed in about 5 minutes.”

The festival is located on Blue Spring Road (rain or shine) and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The event includes free admission and parking. The event offers refreshments and shopping for fine alpaca garments, yarns and raw fleeces. Alpacas will be on display where people can actually touch the fiber. Throughout the day there will be free seminars based on shearing. It is asked to please not bring any pets.

Alpacas have been domesticated for more than 5,000 years and are indigenous to South America. Their fiber comes in an incredibly wide range of natural colors. Alpaca fiber does not contain lanolin or other body oils and therefore can be worn by people allergic to wool.

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