Welcome to Little Lost Creek Alpaca Farm!

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 1980 Quarry Rd., Salford, PA 18957

PLEASE NOTE: While we are available most times for tours and shopping, please call ahead to make sure someone will be here. Try either Alex at 484-431-5587 or Sandy at 484-431-9305.

Also: Many GPS’s do not recognize our zip code. If that occurs, use 19438. That should get you here.

Upcoming August Events

• Once again, we will be participating in the annual Montgomery County 4-H Fair to be held Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 7-9 at the 4-H Center on Route 113 in Creamery (just outside Skippack). Our 4-H kids will be demonstrating alpaca agility on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday at noon they will be competing for ribbons.

• On Saturday August 22, we will be participating in the 5th Annual VegFest in Bethlehem. This will be our first year, and we are looking forward to spreading the word about alpacas and their fiber. Sandy will be giving a talk beginning at 1 p.m. For more information go to: www.Bethlehem-VegFest.org

Goodbye, Katy

It is with sad regret that we say good bye to our 4-H Alpacateers President. Katy has served us well over the past two years and will be heading off to Penn State University on June 14th to embark on the next stage of her career. She has been a great leader for us and given the club strong direction as a member for the past four years.

She completed her last event with us on June 6th at the Agility Invitational, placing third agility in a very experienced age group.

Katy with Chase
Katy with Chase when he was just a few months old.

Ironically, Katy used Chase to compete in her final event at the Agility Invitational. Here is a video of her Third Pace performance.

GOOD LUCK, Katy at State College!!

2015 Agility Invitational

One June 6, we hosted our Fifth Annual Agility Invitational. It was our biggest and best event so far. We had 41 registrants from six different alpaca clubs, from as far away as Nyala, NY and Cumberland County, Pa. Our Alpacateers had a great day, taking nine places.

Jessy (9-10 age group) and Jonathan (11) both took first places in Showmanship, an event we don’t usually fare well in. Sarah rounded out the place-winners with a third in the 13-14 age group.

In Agility, Aiden (12) and Mary (13-14) both won their age groups. Other place-winners were Jessy (second, 9-10), Natalie (second, 12), Julia (second, 13-14) , Ava (third, 12) and Katy (third, 15-17).

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Sarah and Morgan completing the course.
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Julia backing up Morgan.
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Mary stopping Morgan with all four feet in the pool.
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Mary raising the umbrella over Morgan.
Aiden coming through the streamers in his blue ribbon performance.
Aiden coming through the streamers in his blue ribbon performance.

 2015 PAOBA Alpaca Show

We had a very successful show this year. Sandy won second place in the photo contest and Alex came home with three blue ribbons in Fiber Arts and one in the photo contest. But more importantly, we were very excited about how well our kids did. We had a record number of seven who attended.

In the Intermediate age group, Julia placed  sixth in showmanship and fifth in performance (although we thought she should have placed higher). Also in the Intermediate division, Sarah took home a blue ribbon in an almost flawless performance. Natalie did very well in showmanship, placing third, and finished sixth in agility.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the show was Annabelle. In her very first competition, she took a second in the junior performance class. Jonathan also did well, placing third in showmanship and performance, despite having to deal with a testy Chevalier.  Jessica Joy placed sixth in the showmanship class. In her very first show, Kayla finished out of the top six but received a participation ribbon in performance as did Jessica Joy.

Below is a video of Annabelle’s performance debut.

 

PAOBA Award Winners, from left: Annabelle, Jessica Joy, Kayla, Jonathan, Sarah, Julia, Natalie.
PAOBA Award Winners, from left: Annabelle, Jessica Joy, Kayla, Jonathan, Sarah, Julia, Natalie.

Shearing Days

Our goat and alpaca shearing went smoothly this year, thanks to the help from our 4-H kids – especially, Ava, Kayla, Jessica Joy and Naomi.

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Nathan placed a sock over Mandy’s mouth so she wouldn’t spit at him.
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The alpaca stash.
Naomi gets a chance to see what it's like to shear a goat.
Naomi gets a chance to see what it’s like to shear a goat.
Kayla, Jessica Joy and Naomi prepare to load the shorn alpaca into bags.
Kayla, Jessica Joy and Naomi prepare to load the shorn alpaca into bags.

Philly Farm and Food Fest

We would like to thank our four 4-H members—Katy, Ava, Jessica Joy, and Kayla—and their families who came to the Fest to support us. We had a very successful day educating the “city folk” about alpacas and couldn’t have done it without their help.

Jessica Joy tells two visitors about alpacas.
Jessica Joy tells two visitors about alpacas.
Katie demonstrates spinning.
Katy demonstrates spinning.

 ART CAMPS

AT LITTLE LOST CREEK ALPACA FARM

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Campers drawing the alpacas, one of many art activities available at camp.
Campers drawing the alpacas, one of many art activities available at camp.

    2015 marks the third year of Art Camp at Little Lost Creek, and I am thrilled to share that campers from last year report having had a blast! The groups were small, as planned, and many of the kids knew each other, making for a comfortable beginning of the week. Besides the very fun art work that was created, everyone enjoyed drawing and herding the alpacas, and playing with Pete and Pippen the goats, and of course, Chester-the-dog.

Come join in the fun of a small art camp with a lot of one-on-one attention to your work. We will explore the farm, the animals, the ecology of the woods, and much more.

For more details, click on the Art Camp link at left for more specific details.

Afternoons or Evenings at the Mad Felters!

Come and enjoy a relaxed workshop on wet or dry felting (or both) and bring home something you can delight in having made.

Build your own felting party – we can work out days and times that work for you and your friends. I’ll provide all of the materials, instruction, plus goodies to eat and drink. Most parties run 2- 2 ½ hours. Just come ready for fun!

$20 per partier

Call Sandy to schedule – 484-431-9305

 ART LESSONS

And finally, don’t forget we offer art lessons. Now is a perfect time to learn a new craft such as dry or wet felting, weaving or dyeing.

The art mediums that will be offered range from very traditional to very contemporary. Some of the mediums and possible curriculum are:

Drawing – Still life, landscape, animals, linear perspective, portraits, self-portraits, mixed media and collage. Various mediums are pencil, charcoal, and pastel.

Painting – color theory, watercolor techniques, acrylic on canvas.

Sculpture – animals, human anatomy, nature, found objects. A variety of materials might include wire, plaster, clay, fiber, and Sculpy.

Fiber Arts – wet and dry felting of a wide variety of projects.

Weaving – Learn basic weaving techniques on a simple inkle loom.

For more details please click on the Art Lesson tab on our main menu.