Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Grant Frontier Fest 2009

The alpaca booth at the Grant Frontier Festival was a big hit despite the yucky weather. We set up our tent and booth in the rain Friday afternoon, but it luckily got sunny by the time our booth opened at 5pm. We had a good turn out of Saturday as well, despite the weather...rain...sun...rain...sun...rain...sun. As soon as the parade started through town, it started down poring and stopped just in time for the parade to end; poor marching band : ( All in all, it was a good opportunity for our farms. Unfortunately, I didn't get to take a chance to take any pictures of our beautiful booth. Under our tent, we had panels set up to make a pen for 3 of Oak Haven Alpacas yearling females. We also hung our banners and had tables with samples of raw fiber, yarn, and finished products, like hats, scarfs, mittens, felting kits, stuffed animals, coloring books, etc. for sale. I felt like our booth was a petting zoo the entire weekend. Everyone wanted to pet the alpacas and most people referred to them as llamas. It was nice to be out in our community, educating people about alpacas and the alpaca life style. We had lots of people say they drive by our farm all the time. I got a chance to invite some people over for farm visits and even found a new home for one of our Indian Runner Ducks who was cast out of the flock by another male. There was also a lot of interest in our spinning and felting demonstrations. Although, Saturday, my hands got so cold, it was difficult to keep demonstrating. Overall, the event went very well and was a good trial run for our farm open house for National Alpaca Farm Days on September 26 and 27th.

1 comment:

Randy Bancino said...

Way to go farmer folk!