Prosser farm opening its doors for National Alpaca Farm Days

While many families will be focused on pumpkin patches and corn mazes this weekend, the next couple days will pay tribute a furry creature as well – alpacas.

National Alpaca Farm Days is traditionally held the last weekend in September, and farms around the country will open up their doors to the public.

In Prosser, Sage Bluff Alpacas will offer its own celebration. John and Jennifer Ely have owned the farm for 13 years, and it’s been in the Ely family for about 70.

“We like to tell people we haven’t wiped the grins off our faces in all that time,” said Jennifer. “It’s a real joy.”

The fiber from their alpacas is warmer, softer and stronger than sheep wool as well as hypoallergenic for most people. It’s used to make yarn, clothing and accessories – some of which will be on display at this weekend’s event.

“We kind of joke about alpacas being valuable from fashion to fertilizer,” said Jennifer.

Along with being able to shop alpaca retail, attendees will get the chance to feed the alpacas, watch “fiber to fashion” demonstrations and more.

The open house will take place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it’s free. The farm is located at 8401 S. Steele. For more information on the event, click here.

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While many families will be focused on pumpkin patches and corn mazes this weekend, the next couple days will pay tribute a furry creature as well – alpacas.

National Alpaca Farm Days is traditionally held the last weekend in September, and farms around the country will open up their doors to the public.

In Prosser, Sage Bluff Alpacas will offer its own celebration. John and Jennifer Ely have owned the farm for 13 years, and it’s been in the Ely family for about 70.

“We like to tell people we haven’t wiped the grins off our faces in all that time,” said Jennifer. “It’s a real joy.”

The fiber from their alpacas is warmer, softer and stronger than sheep wool as well as hypoallergenic for most people. It’s used to make yarn, clothing and accessories – some of which will be on display at this weekend’s event.

“We kind of joke about alpacas being valuable from fashion to fertilizer,” said Jennifer.

Along with being able to shop alpaca retail, attendees will get the chance to feed the alpacas, watch “fiber to fashion” demonstrations and more.

The open house will take place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and it’s free. The farm is located at 8401 S. Steele. For more information on the event, click here.

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