Alpaca farmers hope public will run to events Sept. 25, 26
Five area alpaca farms, including Hill Crest Alpacas at 338 Old Fall River Road, will open their doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Sept. 26 to celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days with a twist that poker players might recognize.
Rather than a “poker run,’’ the farms encourage visitors to participate in a “paca run.’’
With each visit to one of the farms, children will get a “code word’’ and adults will pick a card from a deck of playing cards.
Children who visit all five farms will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a basket of alpaca products valued at about $250.
The adult who receives the best poker hand _ or “paca hand’’ as organizers are calling it _ will also receive a basket valued at about $250.
The winner will be selected at the end of the day Sunday.
Alpacas can be visited at all of the farms, and the farm stores will be open. Hill Crest Alpacas also offers ice cream.
In addition to Hill Crest Alpacas, the participating farms are: Pine Meadow Alpacas, 109 Marion Road, Mattapoisett; Child’s Play Alpaca Farm, 245 Tremont St., Carver; Ponderosa Pacas, 20 Nature’s Cross, Middleborough; and Hope Alpaca Farm, 134 Maple Ave., Little Compton, R.I.
Farms can be visited in any order.
During the last weekend of September, alpaca farms across North America open their gates to the public so that people can learn more about raising and breeding alpacas, according to information from the Alpaca Owners Association.