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National Alpaca Farm Days to be celebrated in area

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sister Maureen Freeman, CSJ, Director of White Violet Center for Eco-Justice, watches over a youngster while offering food to one of the alpacas at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.
TERRE HAUTE -- White Violet Farm Alpacas, a ministry of Sisters of Providence, will celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days 2010 with an open house 1-3 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 26, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Visitors can see the alpacas up close, talk with staff members, see fiber demonstrations, and purchase alpaca fiber and alpaca items such as handmade rugs, hats, scarves, gloves/mittens and socks.

The Sisters of Providence have 63 alpacas in their herd.

Alpacas have been domesticated for thousands of years. Along with camels and llamas, alpacas are classified as camelids.

Of the various camelid species, the alpaca and vicuna are the most valuable fiber-bearing animals.

The Alpaca because of the quality and quantity of its fiber, and the vicuna because of the softness, fineness and quality of its coat.

Alpacas are bred exclusively for their fiber.

They are social herd animals that often live in family groups.

For more information, call 812-535-2930 or log on to www.whiteviolet.org.

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