Those fleecy, friendly creatures from the Andes will once again greet their fans at this weekend’s National Alpaca Farm Days.
Four farms in and near Stanislaus County invite the public to mingle with the alpacas and buy products made with their fleece.
The animals are cousins to llamas and camels and have been domesticated for more than 5,000 years, according to the Alpaca Owners Association. They serve as pets, fiber producers and breeding stock in the United States and other places where they have taken up residence.
Details on the local farms:
Modesto: Lilly of the Valley Alpacas will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is at 2912 Church St., at Milnes Road. Details are at www.lovalpacas.com.
Turlock: Macedo’s Mini Acre will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is at 11175 Golf Link Road, north of Bradbury Road. Details are at www.macedosminiacre.com.
Los Banos: Luv R Pacas welcomes visitors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. It is at 16090 Breunig Road, just south of Highway 152. More information is at www.luvrpacas.com.
Mariposa County: Epic Alpacas will take part from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. It is at 5273 Hornitos Road, Catheys Valley. Details are at www.epicalpacas.com.
More information on the nationwide event is at www.alpacainfo.com.