Looking for a fun and unusual outing? National Alpaca Farm Days is September 29th and 30th where alpaca farms nationwide will open their farms to the public. This is a great time to get out to alpaca farms and learn about alpacas, their background, their fleece and what can be done with it, the products the fleece makes, the tax benefits to owning alpacas, costs of raising alpacas, and of course, the babies or crias as they are called. Most farms will be open between 9-5 both days. See the specific farms in our County and what they will be hosting for the weekend. A Slice of Heaven Alpacas at 11144 Pope Rd. in Randolph will be Saturday only, and recently had two new crias (babies), Boomer and Bentley! They will be open 9am to 5pm with spinning and felt loom demonstrations. You can also enter a drawing to win a surprise gift! They have a lovely store right on grounds for visitors to check out after they are done viewing and interacting with the animals. Sue has recently invested in a Felt Loom, which can take the fiber directly from the farm and create a felt like material which Sue then makes into scarves, carpets, shawls, and more! Classes are available, so go check this out! Chili, cider, donuts and coffee will be available for sale, with ALL proceeds going the to Randolph Community Cupboard. Visit their website or Facebook for more specific information on the farm. Cozy Cabin Alpacas at 9254 Rt. 353 in Dayton will be open both days from 10am to 6pm. Come and meet the alpacas, with a new cria (baby) born on August 29th. Thinking about getting started on an alpaca farm? Not only does Cozy Cabin have alpacas for sale, but they can also provide the information you need to start a farm: what the tax breaks are, what alpacas and their fiber is like and more! There will be hayrides, and farm will be raffling off alpaca products like hats, gloves, scarves, slippers, and socks. You can also purchase these items at the gift shop. Give them a like on Facebook! Hy-Haven Farm at 516 Johnson Hollow Road in Cuba will be open Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Stop and meet the alpacas, see how they are cared for and look at the beautiful products that they produce. The farm store is here for you to browse and purchase products. Hy-Haven Farm is located one mile from Cuba Lake. Mager Mountain Alpacas at 69 Mountain View Dr. in Little Valley will be open both days this year from 10am to 5pm. Paul and Sue Mager have enjoyed sharing their alpacas and llamas with visitors for over 15 years and promise this year's event will be better than ever. As always, visitors can expect to experience an "alpaca adventure" learning about alpaca history while enjoying watching the crias (baby alpacas) pronk and play. Visitors can pose for pictures and get up close and personal with Mager's very people-friendly alpacas. They may even get an alpaca kiss! Spinning demonstrations and other alpaca related activities will be going on all weekend. The So Soft Gift Shop featuring a large variety of alpaca products will also be open. The gift shop has a large viewing window where shoppers can watch the alpacas while they browse items made from their fleece. You are invited to touch and feel everything so you too will say, "oh it's so soft"! For more details visit www.magermountainalpacas.com or call 716-938-9077 Sugartown Farms at 6277 Sugartown Rd. in Ellicottville is located just 1/4 mile away from the downtown village of Ellicottville and close to Pumpkinville as well! They will be open both days from 9am to 5pm. They will have alpacas for people to visit with and tours will be available. They have a store which offers a wide variety of alpaca products including sweaters, socks, hats, gloves, scarves, and teddy bears. They also hold an open house the weekend of Ellicottville's Fall Fest, Columbus Day Weekend. Please visit their website. Here are some more farms that aren't able to participate in this weekend, but do offer tours/visits to their farm: Cardinal Acre Alpacas at 9759 Manley Hill Rd. in Little Valley. "Sorry, our farm will not be open for farm days, but we welcome visitors any other time, just call ahead. Put us on your Fall travel list of places to go. You will be able to see up close all of our alpacas, all colors, all ages. Learn about their history, daily care routine, incredible value of their fleece. Our gift shop carries a wide variety of alpaca related products, many hand knit or crafted from our alpacas fleece. We look forward to your visit." Please call 716-307-4582 for hours/directions or follow them on Facebook! Never Ending Alpaca Farm at 1285 Lillibridge Rd. in Portville will not be open for the Alpaca Farm Days, however they do welcome visitors to stop by either by calling ahead first or just dropping (may not always be available). They specialize in breeding and selling alpacas and Jerry is eager to help others who wish to start an alpaca farm or are interested in the benefits of having an alpaca farm and the ins and outs of breeding alpacas. Please call 716 933-8561 or visit their website.