Carroll County Agriculture Center welcomes alpaca show

This weekend in Carroll County, you can learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about alpacas.Breeders, owners and their alpacas from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware have taken over the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.| LINK: MA & PA Alpaca Pronk”So, the hum (you hear) is the way they communicate with each other,” Delaware breeder Bonnie Bieber said. You can learn about the differences of the animals all weekend at the show.”Everybody knows what a llama is, but these guys are really unique and enjoyable,” said Diane Sheesley of the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.”There’s a difference between alpacas and llamas. There’s definitely a big difference,” Maddie Gordon said.Despite the bad rap, alpacas hardly ever spit.”Usually, you have to be doing something they don’t like, like eating your food or giving them a shot, said Jennie Mezick, the president of the Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association. And they don’t bite, either.””They only have teeth on the bottom,” Mezick said.”Very, very soft. Softer than cashmere and nine times warmer than wool. So, yay for the alpaca,” Bieber said.4 -Hers Gordon and Jaedyn Fitzpatrick can’t wait to show their alpacas. Both are hoping for ribbons and are proud of their unique animals.”They are so out of the ordinary to work with and they really helped me become like more outgoing just with their personality and my personality,” Fitzpatrick said.The free show runs from 8 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

This weekend in Carroll County, you can learn everything you’ve always wanted to know about alpacas.

Breeders, owners and their alpacas from Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware have taken over the Carroll County Agriculture Center in Westminster.

| LINK: MA & PA Alpaca Pronk

“So, the hum (you hear) is the way they communicate with each other,” Delaware breeder Bonnie Bieber said.

You can learn about the differences of the animals all weekend at the show.

“Everybody knows what a llama is, but these guys are really unique and enjoyable,” said Diane Sheesley of the Pennsylvania Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association.

“There’s a difference between alpacas and llamas. There’s definitely a big difference,” Maddie Gordon said.

Despite the bad rap, alpacas hardly ever spit.

“Usually, you have to be doing something they don’t like, like eating your food or giving them a shot,” said Jennie Mezick, the president of the Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association.

And they don’t bite, either.

“They only have teeth on the bottom,” Mezick said.

“Very, very soft. Softer than cashmere and nine times warmer than wool. So, yay for the alpaca,” Bieber said.

4-Hers Gordon and Jaedyn Fitzpatrick can’t wait to show their alpacas. Both are hoping for ribbons and are proud of their unique animals.

“They are so out of the ordinary to work with and they really helped me become more like outgoing just with their personality and my personality,” Fitzpatrick said.

The free show runs from 8 am to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

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