Meet Me at the Fair

Wow! Did we have fun at the State Fair of Virginia! Andersons Alpacas joined fellow alpaca farmers at the Virginia Alpaca Days exhibition tent Saturday and Sunday. We brought Willow and two of her offspring: Clementinee, the big sister, and six month-old Johnny Fleece. We thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to educate the public at large about Alpacas and alpaca products.  In fact, the chilly weather stimulated brisk sales of the beautiful, warm, and hypo-allergenic alpaca gloves, mittens, scarves, hats, and socks.

We engaged in many conversations on the subject of how easy it is to raise alpacas. We also shared our knowledge about why consumers consider alpaca to be a luxurious specialty fiber. It is a specialty fiber because less alpaca fiber is produced each year than cashmere, angora rabbit or mohair. It is a luxury fiber because of its unique properties, softness, luster, lightness, durability and warmth. No other animal has fiber that can combine all these properties. We nearly sold out of our stock! Needless to say, I placed a big order with our alpaca fiber cooperative so that we have plenty of stock for the farmer’s market and the upcoming holiday shopping season.

Though we were “working”, we were at the State Fair, therefore, we took turns visiting the midway and indulging in our share of funnel cake.  Altogether, it was a great weekend where we met old friends and made new ones.  We found folks who shared our names (not that hard to do with “Anderson”), shared our interests (field hockey, quilting, crocheting, volleyball), and shared our love for the precious alpacas.

Enjoy our pictures!


tidapayolla - January 23, 2012 - 11:52 am

Hello! Just want to say thank you for this interesting article! =) Peace, Joy.

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