Photo: Pet an Alpaca

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Local alpaca ranchers Ron and Anna Nyberg will be inviting the public to a free tour of their ranch Saturday and Sunday during "National Alpaca Farm Days." Their open house will be from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. People will be able to see and pet most of the Nyberg's 25 alpacas, which are relatives of the camel. They are native to South America and have very soft hair, or fiber, which can be shorn and used to make fleece for clothing. Alpaca fleece is as warm as wool but is less heavy and more hypoallergenic. Some alpaca fleece clothing will be for sale at the ranch. There will also be arts and crafts for kids, hand-spinning demonstrations and leatherwork. The ranch has several baby alpacas, including some which are only a few days old. Here, Anna Nyberg holds one of the young alpacas. "Alpacas of the Southwest" is located at 1108 McCarrell. From Kingman, head 13 miles east on I-40 to the Blake Ranch Road exit. Turn right (south), take the first left turn to go along the frontage road, go about a mile and a half and turn right at McCarrel. The ranch will be on the left. Call Ron and Anna Nyberg at (702) 338-7806 for more information.