More than half of the 70 members of the Maine Alpaca Association will be open to the public Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is an opportunity to see these intriguing creatures, meet the owners and learn about the business of alpaca farming and the attraction of the alpaca lifestyle.

Most farms have a farm store where visitors can purchase alpaca yarn, garments and accessories made from alpaca fiber, the quality and softness of which has been compared to cashmere.

Native to the Andes Mountains in South America, alpacas have been around for 5,000 years and were first imported into the United States in 1984. There are now nearly 2,000 alpacas on more than 100 farms in Maine.

Information about alpaca farms in Maine and details about the weekend can be found at

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