With its big soulful eyes and fluffy fleece, how could anyone resist an alpaca? If you've never seen one up close, you'll want to take a day trip to Casa Grande's JMS Alpaca Farm when it opens its doors to the public 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19-20 for the fourth annual open house.
You'll get the chance to feed the alpacas, visit with fiber enthusiasts, and purchase great Christmas gifts - from alpaca hats and gloves to sweaters and rugs. The farm's "Extreme socks" are especially popular with hunters and hikers, according to a news release. The farm also will be selling its popular soap, made of olive, emu and honey oil that is wrapped in felted alpaca for use as an exfoliator.
And if you happen to have your own spinning wheel, bring it along and the farm will set up a place for you to spin using a variety of roving, batts and yarn, plus raw fiber.
JMS Alpaca Farm, 17001 W. Hopi Drive in Casa Grande, is a family owned and operated farm. For more information, call George and Pat Skelton at (520) 836-0637, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.jmsalpacafarm.com.