Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm hosts National Alpaca Farm Day

Visitors can to get up close and personal with alpacas Saturday at the Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm, which hosts an event during National Alpaca Farm Days. (Pioneer News Network file photo)

Visitors can to get up close and personal with alpacas Saturday at the Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm, which hosts an event during National Alpaca Farm Days. (Pioneer News Network file photo)

FRANKFORT— Residents and visitors can get up close and personal with alpacas during National Alpaca Farm Day at Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm this weekend.

The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the farm, located at 4907 River Road in Frankfort.

In addition to meeting the alpacas, there will be fiber art demonstrations, an Alpaca 101 seminar and more.

“This is our fourth year hosting National Alpaca Farm Day and each year we try to make it a unique, memorable event for people of all ages,” said Chris Nelson, co-owner of the Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm. “Last year, guests were able to walk an alpaca and we are just as excited to share these enchanting animals for another fun-filled day.”

During the event, guests can mingle and take photos with the farm’s alpacas, participate in activities, watch local spinners demonstrate fiber arts, learn about the animals and browse the alpaca boutique.

There also will be a silent auction, with all proceeds benefiting Dogs in Honor, a local organization that pairs veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) with service dogs to create a healthy, mutually beneficial working team.

From 4 to 5 p.m., owners Chris and David Nelson, a doctor of veterinary medicine, will host a free Alpaca 101 seminar for those who are interested in starting an alpaca farm. The discussion will focus on the financial and personal benefits of investing in an alpaca farm.

The Crystal Lake Alpaca Farm was named the 2013, 2014 and 2015 National Huacaya Small Breeder of the Year.

Alpacas originate from Peru and produce the most luxurious fiber known to man. It is warmer than wool, softer than cashmere, hypoallergenic, extremely durable and does not itch.

For more information about the Crystal Lake Alpaca Boutique and National Alpaca Farm Day, contact Chris Nelson at (231) 920-7085, Andrea Nelson at (517) 599-5500, or email CrystalLakeAlpacaBoutique@gmail.com.

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