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Alpacas are stars of the show

Dec 21, 2012
Photo by: Ron MacArthur Is Santa Claus changing his plans and looking for alpacas to lead his sleigh? Probably not, but he did check them out during a holiday open house at C&C Alpaca Factory near Lewes.

C&C Alpaca Factory opened the doors for its holiday open house Dec. 15.  After starting their operation in 2008 in Mays Landing, N.J., owners Chris Reachard and Christian Addor moved two yeaars later to a farm off Sweetbriar Road near Lewes. They are currently raising 37 alpacas.

 

Female alpacas graze in a field at the farm, off Sweetbriar Road. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Farm owners Christian Addor, left, and Chris Reachard show Santa Claus around the C&C Alpaca Factory. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A curious male alpaca looks the scene over during a holiday open house at C&C Alpaca Factory. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Loris Blandford of The Wool Farm in Frankford demonstrates how she dyes wool. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ribbons on display are from two recent Virginia Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association shows. C&C's alpacas have won hundreds of awards over the years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Alpacas, animals native to the mountains of Peru, are bred for their fleece, which is similar to wool in warmth but is much softer to the touch. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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