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Alpaca farm hosting open house this Saturday

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Recently shorn alpaca "Cynthia Kavanagh" is glad to surrender all her warm fleece.

PROSSER - You've seen them full-fleeced and fabulous, now come see them shorn and shapely!

Annual spring shearing on area alpaca farms has just concluded. Area breeders are celebrating their "harvest" with an open house on Saturday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sage Bluff Alpacas in Prosser.

Visitors will be able to see the nearly naked alpacas with a variety of haircuts.

"They're quite funny looking this time of year," said Jennifer Ely of Sage Bluff Alpacas. "Most are shorn down to their top-knots. Some of the youngest we shear with bobble heads and pantaloons."

In addition to farm tours, Sage Bluff will offer luxurious alpaca retail items for sale, fiber arts demonstrations, refreshments and more.

For area spinners, beautiful fleece in a variety of colors will be available.

Alpaca cookies by Taste Of Heaven Baking Company will be for sale to benefit the Prosser pool renovation project.

Free "paca poo" is available for gardeners. Bring your boxes, bags or buckets.

Spring babies are arriving, and a "name the cria" contest will round out the activities.

All Lower Valley residents are invited to bring their friends and their camera to Sage Bluff Alpacas for the spring open house. The farm is located at 8401 S. Steele Road, Prosser, between OIE and North River Roads. For more information call 509-786-4507, or visit their web site at www.sagebluffalpacas.com.

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