MARYDEL Dragonfly Alpacas held a successful open house this past weekend despite some disagreeable weather, owner Roger Crout said Sept. 26.
Crout, who owns and operates the farm with his wife Dede, said the crowd was bigger Sunday, when the skies turned sunny, than Saturday, when rain threatened all day, but everyone who came out had a good time.
"Everyone really seemed to enjoy themselves," Crout said.
On Saturday, Crout said a woman painting faces proved popular with the kids, as did a Cherokee Indian chief who brought an authentic teepee and handmade jewelry and carvings.
Sunday brought out more people, Crout said.
"We had nice bright sunny skies, and a nice breeze going through," Crout said.
Among the attractions was a woman who brought angora rabbits, whose fur can be spun with alpaca fleece to make yarn.
"She had a pretty good crowd, because everyone loves cute little bunnies," Crout said.
The owner of another alpaca farm also was there, demonstrating how yarn made from alpaca fleece can be woven.
Crout said he was already receiving e-mails from people thanking him for the chance to meet alpacas.
"This wasn't something we did just to sell something," Crout said. "We also did it to educate the public it's another animal you can have on a farm that's much easier on the land."
Crout said he and his wife are already looking forward to holding another open house next year.
"We'll just hope for better weather," he said.
The Crouts moved from Annapolis to Marydel in 2004 when they bought their farm. They chose to raise alpacas because they are low maintenance and the profit comes from their fleece, not their meat. Since starting the farm with a herd of four animals, the Crouts now have 28.