Raise your alpaca knowledge at Alpaca Days at Sheriff’s Posse Arena

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Don’t know the difference between a llama and an alpaca? Those at the Western Slope Alpaca Days would be happy to explain the difference.

Western Slope Alpaca Days is actually one day: Sunday, Oct. 3. Activities will go from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheriff’s Posse Arena at the corner of 25 and F 1/2 roads.

There will be events and demonstrations every 30 minutes starting at 11:30 a.m. and several local farms will be represented with their products available for purchase.

And here is a primer on alpacas from http://www.Ilovealpacas.com:

Alpacas are a member of the camelid family, which also includes dromedary and Bactrian camels, llamas, vicunas and guanacos.

Their wool comes in 22 colors that are recognized by the textile industry, and there are many blends in addition to that.

Alpacas are shorn for their fleece each year, which produces a soft, warm fiber that is turned into some of the most luxurious garments in the world.

There are two different alpacas types: the suri and the huacaya. The suri has wool that grows quite long and forms silky, pencil-like locks. The huacaya has a shorter, dense, crimpy fleece, giving it a very woolly appearance.

Alpacas selectively graze, eating pasture grasses and hay.

Alpacas have soft padded feet, making them gentle on pastures. They have no upper teeth in the front.

The average height of an alpaca is 36 inches at the withers. Average weight is 100–175 pounds and they have a life span of 15–20 years.

Call Mary Jo at 858-8866 for information on Alpaca Days.


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