If you love petting fluffy animals, Saturday and Sunday are your lucky days. Alpaca farms across the US will be opening their barn doors in honor of National Alpaca Farm Days.
You might be asking yourself: Where can I find one of these wondrous places? The answer is just a 20 minute drive away. Houchin Family Alpacas, in Heyworth, will be hosting an open house this Saturday and Sunday.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday anyone can stop by the farm to feed and pet these adorable creatures, while also learning a bit about alpacas as a species.
Since purchasing their farm in 2009, Brian and Karley Houchin have made it their mission to spread the word about alpacas and assist other alpaca enthusiasts in any way possible.
“We want to teach people about the benefits of owning alpacas,” Karley Houchin said.
“They are used for their fiber, which is much softer and warmer than wool, and also hypoallergenic.”
During the National Alpaca Farm Days there will be a number of alpaca related activities to take part in while visiting the Houchin Farm. Along with simply interacting with the alpacas, there will be demonstrations on how to spin fur into yarn using a drop-spindle, as well as how to turn it into felt.
As fun as this all sounds, the best is yet to come. If there is one thing that’s better than spending time with adult alpacas, it’s hanging out with baby alpacas. And the Houchin’s have not one or two, but three of them.
“Mercedes was born on Aug. 31, and then there is Out Of Bounds, who was born July 20. We have another that was born in May that is almost full sized now,” Houchin said.
If it’s alpaca fur gifts you’re looking for, The Houchins have you covered. They offer a multitude of alpaca products for purchase. They sell blankets, teddy bears, hats, sweaters and much more. Houchin added that the family is a wholesaler, meaning they sell their fur. Some things, like their socks, are made in the US, but others come all the way from South Africa.
Be sure to take part in the alpaca fun while you can, because National Alpaca Farm Days only come once a year.
Why wait another 365 days? Head to Heyworth this weekend to spend some quality time with alpacas and the people who love them.