Like many businesses, Terrace Mountain Alpaca Farm near Calvin has been impacted by COVID-19, but owners Sandy and Bob Baker are hoping to bring some normalcy and fun to folks though their annual event this weekend.
The Bakers will host their annual National Alpaca Farm Days at their farm at 7110 John Bum Road from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 28.
“Things have gotten better as the economy opened up,” said Sandy Baker. “The farm opened in June and we’ve had lots of visitors since then. Everyone just wanted to get outside where it’s open.”
The Bakers are hoping even more folks will come out and learn about their gentle creatures.
“Visitors will be required to wear a mask in the barn and in the store, but not outside around the fence where there’s enough fresh air for everyone,” said Baker.
The Bakers’ have been raising alpacas for 16 years. They currently have 26 animals on the farm, with more to arrive soon..
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National Alpaca Farm Days traditionally coincide with Cassville’s Oktoberfest, however that event was canceled due to the pandemic.
The Bakers said the event’s cancellation might impact visitation to the farm, but they’re hoping some of their regular guests will return regardless.
Baker said the weekend is a good opportunity to learn about alpacas and visitors often have lots of questions.
“The first question I usually get is ‘do they spit?’” she said, noting some folks confuse the animals with llamas. “We like to tell people alpacas are part of the camel family, they’re raised for their fiber, they’re easy to take care of and they’re pretty healthy animals.”
Baker also gets a lot of questions about alpaca wool.
“It’s moisture-wicking, hypoallergenic, temperature sustaining and odor resistant,” she said. “It comes in 22 different colors and the white can always be dyed.
The farm’s store carries a number of items made from alpaca fiber, including the alpacas on the farm.
“We’re always amazed at how many people want items made from the farm animals’ fiber,” said Baker.
If folks can’t make it to the farm this weekend, Baker said she and her husband are there most days.
“We’re open most anytime,” she said. “We’re excited to see folks and we encourage everyone to stop by.”
Becky can be reached at email@example.com.