Caroline farm hosts 10th alpaca festival
PRESTON — Outstanding Dreams Farm of Preston hosted its 10th annual Alpaca Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29, and Sunday, Sept. 30.
The event was free and featured 35 soft and fluffy alpacas, 15-20 vendors, and fun activities for kids including slides, a moon bounce, pony rides, giant checkers, magnetic darts, frisbee and more. Family band Silhouette Song offered live music.
New for this year, the Official “Paca” Train, toured small children around the farm on train rides, often attracting the rather curious alpacas nearby.
“Last year we had almost 1,600 people in two days,” said Phil Liske who owns Outstanding Dreams Farm with his wife Vickie. “The festival has steadily grown, with 150 people in attendance the first year.”
The Farm Store featured specials and discounts on alpaca fiber merchandise, including apparel, outerwear, hats, woven rugs, blankets and more.
Speaking to the alpacas’ behavior, Liske said they are gentle, well behaved, inquisitive and friendly. He advises all visitors to pet the animals’ necks, and not their heads.
“You’re meeting people at their best,” he said, speaking to the perks of owning an alpaca farm and offering tours. “It’s something I’ve come to look forward to.”
The farm offers tours all year round by appointment, including tours to school and day care groups, senior centers, families, and to those interested in buying alpacas.
Several alpacas were expecting babies before the festival, with one alpaca born just one day prior. With that, Liske cautioned against interacting with the pregnant animals, as they generally do not like to be bothered.
One of the new alpacas from September was named “Flo” because she was born the Monday after Hurricane Florence.
“We hope our visitors have a good time,” Liske said prior to the festival. “That’s what it’s all about, and to learn about alpacas.”
Outstanding Dreams Farm of Preston hosted its Tenth Annual Alpaca Festival last weekend. The event comprised of 35 fluffy alpacas, vendors, games and more.
Outstanding Dreams Farm of Preston hosted its 10th Annual Alpaca Festival last weekend. The event comprised of 35 fluffy alpacas, vendors, games and more.
During the festival, alpacas sought refuge under this shady tree.