On Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Mager Mountain Alpacas in Little Valley is hosting a 10th anniversary open house celebration and everyone is invited.
Paul and Sue Mager are your hosts for a two-day party with lots of fun activities planned, all centered on the wonderful world of alpacas. Kicking off the celebration will be “Smitty” from WGWE radio doing a live broadcast in his Jambulance. You can play the Plinko board for prizes and get in the party mood with classic rock and roll.
Amanda Grabowski will be giving spinning wheel demonstrations as well as sharing her charming stories with a captivated audience. New this year will be an “alpaca kissing booth.” Greg and Nancy Whalen of Amore Alpacas will take a picture of you with an alpaca.
There will be balloons and games for prizes. Also, refreshments will be available to benefit the Smile Train Charity.
On Sunday, Sept. 30 at 1 p.m., Cathie Bridges, a CPA with R.A. Mercer & Co., P.C., will give an informal tax seminar on the tax advantages and income sheltering potential of owning alpacas.
The So Soft Gift Shop will be open with the latest alpaca fashions. The Magers boast the largest stock of alpaca products in the area. Some of the items include socks, sweaters, capes, hats, mittens, texting gloves, Pronk bears, fur boot covers, rugs and much more. Featured are award-winning knitted items made with fleece from their own animals by fiber artist Nancy Blessing. Check out this year›s harvest of yarn and rovings.
“When we started raising alpacas 10 years ago,» Paul recalled, “visitors had no idea what an alpaca was, where they came from or why we raise them. We like to make our farm an ‘Alpaca Adventure’ for visitors to see these magnificent animals up close, and learn their history and what great products we can harvest without harming them.”
Although 80 percent of alpacas are white, you would not know it by seeing the Mager›s herd. Alpacas come in 23 natural colors and their herd seems to have most of them. Their herd of 32 alpacas and two llamas also includes five rare grey alpacas and 10 baby alpacas.
Sue added, “People love to watch the crias (baby alpacas) run and play. Sometimes I even let people hold one. Their faces light up with huge smiles and they always say, ‘Oh, they are so soft.”
Mager Mountain Alpacas is located at 69 Mountain View Drive off Routes 242 and 353 as you enter the east end of Little Valley. For more information visit www.magermountainalpacas.com or phone (716) 938-9077.