GRASSY CREEK — Landmark Farm Alpacas will host their biggest open house of the year during National Alpaca Farm Days (NAFD) on Sept. 26-27. Thousands of alpaca farms across the nation and Canada participate in NAFD each year on the last weekend of September.
“Many are not usually open to the public as our farm is, so on this particular weekend, they open their farms primarily as a fun way to introduce the public to alpacas and to educate them about how their fiber is used,” Landmark Farm Alpaca owner Rachelle Bridges said.
Landmark Farm Alpacas will also be using the NAFD event as a fun way to raise money for Happy Tails Rescue of West Jefferson.
“Since we are such huge animal lovers, we thought what better way than to use our Farm Days open house as a venue to help raise money for abandoned and needy pets,” Bridges said.
Happy Tails Rescue, a small non-profit animal rescue organization located in Ashe County, launched in May of 2012. Since then, the organization has placed approximately 150 animals in safe, loving homes.
Bridges wants to acknowledge the numerous other organizations that focus on rescuing and re-homing needy animals and livestock. According to Bridges, Landmark Farm Alpacas does donate to other rescues in addition to Happy Tails Rescue. She would like to send out a thank you to all animal rescues in Ashe County for the collective work they do.
Educational exhibits and demonstrations will be held by local and regional fiber artists during the NAFD event. A large selection of gifts including 100 percent alpaca yarn made from the farm’s own alpacas, accessories including scarves, caps, gloves and socks, needle-felted Christmas ornaments, alpaca teddy bears, children’s toys, and calendars with Landmark Farm’s award-winning photographs will be available for purchase.
Raffle drawings will be held on Sunday at 3 p.m. for several alpaca products including a large teddy bear. All proceeds from the raffles, plus 10 percent of all sales will go to benefit Happy Tails Rescue.
Landmark Farm Alpacas is currently seeking volunteers to help during the NAFD event.
Fiber artists, professional or hobby spinners, weavers, felters, crocheters and knitters who would enjoy demonstrating their craft with provided alpaca fiber or yarn are encouraged to volunteer.
Assistance with parking, managing crowd control, and assisting in the fiber shop by refreshing displays and inventory and handling sales at the checkout table as well as general setup prior to the event is also needed.
No dogs are permitted at the event due to the farm’s livestock guardian dog, Holly.
The event is rain or shine and admission is free.
Raffle tickets are available for purchase at Happy Tails Pet Supplies located at 431 East Second Street in West Jefferson and at Landmark Farm Alpacas. You do not need to be present to win.
Landmark Farm Alpacas is located at 1118 Landmark Church Road in Grassy Creek.
For more information or to volunteer, call 336-384-1616, 828-406-2437 or email [email protected]
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