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Accoyo America Kingfish of Little Creek Farm, North Salem, NY,
is a multiple time champion. Farms from across the Northeast,
including some from Wayne County, NY, will be at the
October 25-26 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza this weekend.

October 24, 2014.  The Empire Alpaca Association will offer educational seminars as part of the October 25-26 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza event at the NYS Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY. Admission to the event and seminars and parking are free.

Educational seminars at the show include sessions on value-added alpaca fiber processing, how to set up a retail store, and buy local marketing advantages.

Christopher Riley, president of the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool/NEAFP, will discuss how raw fiber compares economically with value-added products plus Buy Local marketing. The NEAFP, founded in 1997 by three fiber artists, specializes in marketing products ‘Made in the U.S.A’ with U.S-grown alpaca fiber.

Leslie and Jeffrey Jorritsma have processed more than 50,000 pounds of fiber over the past seven years and will be offering tips on how to evaluate alpaca fleeces from a cottage mill perspective.

Interior designer Karen Chien travels worldwide to source materials for creating stylist interiors. She was inspired to create a luxury line of handknit and handwoven alpaca products. She will be advising seminar listeners about how to set up a farm boutique.

Christopher Riley, president of the New England Alpaca Fiber Pool/NEAFP, will discuss how raw fiber compares economically with value-added products plus Buy Local marketing. The NEAFP, founded in 1997 by three fiber artists, specializes in marketing products ‘Made in the U.S.A’ with U.S-grown alpaca fiber.

Fashions made with the luxurious fiber from alpacas will be on the runway for a fashion show on Saturday, October 25 starting at 1:15pm. Knitters, crocheters, spinners, quilters and fiber artisans who like to make their own fashions will find yarn, roving, and quilt batts available at the show. Vendors will also have hand-crafted alpaca products and commercially-produced items, including silver-infused, high performance alpaca fiber socks.

The 2014 Empire Alpaca Extravaganza also includes confirmation, obstacle and costume classes with the animals, fiber arts demonstrations, youth activities, a fleece competition, and animals for sale.

See seminar schedule and find more info online at www.empirealpacaassociation.com/Show.

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