2019 National Alpaca Farm Days

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Event Date(s): Sat, 09/28/2019 - 9:00am - Sun, 09/29/2019 - 5:00pm
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National Alpaca Farm Days in Cattaraugus County 2019
Lynn Tellak and Tony

Looking for a fun and unusual outing?  National Alpaca Farm Days is September 28th and 29th where alpaca farms nationwide will open their farms to the public.  This is a great time to get out to alpaca farms and learn about alpacas, their background, their fleece and what can be done with it, the products the fleece makes, the tax benefits to owning alpacas, costs of raising alpacas, and of course, the babies or crias as they are called.  Most farms will be open between 9-5  both days.  See the specific farms in our County and what they will be hosting for the weekend.  If you never have visited an alpaca farm, here is a blog about one first experience!  

1.  Mager Mountain Alpacas at 69 Mountain View Dr. in Little Valley will be open both days this year from 10am to 5pm.  Paul and Sue Mager have enjoyed sharing their alpacas and llamas with visitors for over 15 years and promise this year's event will be better than ever.  As always, visitors can expect to experience an "alpaca adventure" learning about alpaca history while enjoying watching the crias (baby alpacas) pronk and play. There may even be a brand new cria!

On Saturday, 9/28 from 11am-2pm, Lynn Tellak will offer an alpaca obstacle course demonstration and teach visitors the proper way to handle alpacas.  Lynn teaches an Animal Science Class at BOCES and is a long time alpaca enthusiast who has won many ribbons showing alpacas.  Also featured at the open house will be Nancy Blessing, demonstrating the art of spinning raw fleece into yarn.  Nancy is an award winning fiber artist who's exquisite hand made items are available in the So Soft Gift Shop. 

Visitors can pose for pictures and get up close and personal with Mager's very people-friendly alpacas. They may even get an alpaca kiss! The So Soft Gift Shop featuring a large variety of alpaca products will also be open. The gift shop has a large viewing window where shoppers can watch the alpacas while they browse items made from their fleece. You are invited to touch and feel everything so you too will say, "oh it's so soft".  For more details visit www.magermountainalpacas.com or call 716-938-9077.

2.  A Slice of Heaven Alpacas and Simply Natural Gift Shop, located at 11144 Pope Rd. in Randolph will be open on Saturday from 9am to 5pm.  They will have discounts on items sold in their gift shop, and are having DRAWINGS for
  1. $25 gift certificate
  2. $50 gift certificate
Their herd recently had a baby (called a cria) and they are expecting another one any day now!  Come and visit the two young ones who are full of curiousity and fun!  Visit their website for more specific information on the Farm.

3. Sugartown Farms  at 6277 Sugartown Rd. in Ellicottville is located just 1/4 mile away from the downtown village of Ellicottville and close to Pumpkinville as well!  They will be open both days from 10am to 5pm.  They will have alpacas for people to visit with and a store which offers a wide variety of alpaca products including sweaters.  See the newest cria (baby) and shop at the farm store!  They also hold an open house the weekend of Ellicottville's Fall Fest, Columbus Day Weekend.  Please visit their website.


Here are some more farms that aren't able to participate in this weekend, but do offer tours/visits to their farm:

LadySong Farms will be at the Western NY Fiber Festival that weekend!  Judith would be happy to meet anyone interested in alpacas while there and discuss the prospects of the future of the industry, raising suri alpacas, or designing and marketing alpaca fiber products!  If you plan to go to the Fiber Fest, please make sure to say "hi!".  Located at 2473 Bunker Hill Rd. in Randolph, the farms sell handspun yarn from their Suri Alpacas on their website.  Like them on Facebook!

Never Ending Alpaca Farm at 1285 Lillibridge Rd. in Portville welcome visitors to stop by either by calling ahead first or just dropping (may not always be available).  They specialize in breeding and selling alpacas and Jerry is eager to help others who wish to start an alpaca farm or are interested in the benefits of having an alpaca farm and the ins and outs of breeding alpacas.  Please call 716 933-8561 or visit their website

Cardinal Acre Alpacas at 9759 Manley Hill Rd. in Little Valley.  "Sorry, our farm will not be open for farm days due to a family wedding, but we welcome visitors any other time, just call ahead. Put us on your Fall travel list of places to go. You will be able to see up close all of our alpacas, all colors, all ages. Learn about their history, daily care routine, incredible value of their fleece. Our gift shop carries a wide variety of alpaca related products, many hand knit or crafted from our alpacas fleece.  We look forward to your visit."  Please call 716-307-4582 for hours/directions or follow them on Facebook!

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Participating Farms throughout Cattaraugus County Little Valley, NY 14755
United States
42° 13' 0.9984" N, 78° 57' 4.1184" W
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