Photo by JC Amberlyn.
KINGMAN – Take the kids on a short jaunt to the 11th annual Alpaca Farm Days this weekend at Alpacas of the Southwest where they can pet the animals and learn about alpaca husbandry and lifestyle.
The three-day event, which typically draws more than 1,000 visitors, features alpaca spinning demonstrations, Mohave County Gemstoners, High Desert Astronomy Club taking a look at sunspots and solar flares on Saturday and 15 vendors selling arts and crafts, paintings and woodwork.
Alpaca clothes, socks, blankets and sweaters will also be available for sale.
“We make $100 to $400 a year per animal on their fleece because it is that coveted,” Alpacas of the Southwest owner Ron Nyberg said. “Once you own a pair of Alpaca socks, you won’t go back. Your feet are dry and clean and odor-free at the end of the day.”
The fiber is a luxury, hypoallergenic fleece that’s softer than cashmere, he said.
Established by Ron and Anna Nyberg in 2002, Alpacas of the Southwest is located at 1108 McCarrell, off Interstate 40 at Blake Ranch Road. The 6-acre ranch is home to 42 alpacas, including two 4-month-old babies, with bloodlines from Peru, Bolivia and Chile.
The fully operational ranch offers tours that allow visitors to interact with the animals and sells a variety of alpaca merchandise.
Admission to Alpaca Farm Days is free, though adults are charged $1 to keep a count for porta-potties, Nyberg said. They receive $1 off any merchandise purchased at the farm.