Al­paca Fes­ti­val set for this week­end

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PRESTON — Now in its nineth year, Out­stand­ing Dreams Farm’s Al­paca Fes­ti­val on Satur­day, Sept. 16, and Sun­day, Sept. 17, in Preston, will have fun fun for the whole fam­ily.

Tour the farm, meet and learn about their grow­ing herd of al­pacas, watch fiber arts demon­stra­tions and en­joy live mu­sic while check­ing out the many craft and food ven­dors at this one-ofa-kind event.

Lo­cated on 15 acres on Mary­land’s East­ern Shore, Out­stand­ing Dreams Farm is home to more than 25 Hua­caya al­pacas and a Farm Store that car­ries a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts crafted from al­paca fiber. Own­ers Phil and Vickie Liske es­tab­lished the farm in 2007, and it has grown to be one of the top agri­tourism des­ti­na­tions in the re­gion. In ad­di­tion to of­fer­ing Cham­pion al­paca breed­ing ser­vices and sales, the Liskes fre­quently of­fer farm tours for groups of all sizes.

Out­stand­ing Dreams Farm’s two-day fes­ti­val of­fers visi­tors the op­por­tu­nity to get up close and per­sonal with the gen­tle and lov­able an­i­mals. In ad­di­tion to the al­pacas, the event also features live mu­sic by Sil­hou­ette Song, ar­ti­sans and craft ven­dors, chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties, games and more.

Fes­ti­val at­ten­dees also will be able to shop for a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts crafted from al­paca fleece — a lux­u­ri­ous and durable fiber that is renowned for it’s hy­poal­ler­genic qual­i­ties–at the Out­stand­ing Dreams Farm Store. The shop car­ries an ar­ray of prod­ucts made from the lux­u­ri­ous nat­u­ral fiber, in­clud­ing cloth­ing, hats, scarves, gloves, chil­dren’s toys, jew­elry, raw fiber and the pop­u­lar Paca Socks.

The Liskes are ea­ger to share their pas­sion for rais­ing al­pacas with fes­ti­val­go­ers.

“One of our fa­vorite parts of the job is in­tro­duc­ing peo­ple to the won­der­ful world of al­pacas and shar­ing our love and knowl­edge of th­ese gen­tle an­i­mals,” Liske said.

The fes­ti­val takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Satur­day, Sept. 16, and from noon to 4 p.m. Sun­day, Sept. 17, at Out­stand­ing Dreams Farm, 24480 Pine­town Road, Preston. Ad­mis­sion is free, and do­na­tions are grate­fully ap­pre­ci­ated. In ad­di­tion to the Al­paca Fes­ti­val, Out­stand­ing Dreams Farm hosts a Hol­i­day Open House in De­cem­ber. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Open House and Al­paca Fes­ti­val or to ar­range a tour of the farm, con­tact 410-6732002 or visit Out­stand­ingDream­sFarm.com.

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