For our eighth year in a row, we held our Open House as a community event. This year, we needed to push back our usually Last Weekend of September date to go to my sister-in-law's wedding in San Francisco.
Naturally the usual weekend was warm and sunny, about 70F. By the time the next weekend rolled around for our event, it was cold and drizzly, making the barn a safe haven from the teasing winter elements.
Would people still come? Who knows. We hoped for the best. I'm not sure if I would have ventured out in the cold to walk in a pasture. But they did - in hoards - to a total of 2,300+ people scooping their single allotted amount of alpaca feed at the gate and coming to greet the alpacas.
881 people on Saturday, the other 1,500 visitors on Sunday.
The alpacas were fantastic. Those who wanted the treats and attention hung around the gate, going from person to person to nibble food and then move on. Those that were not as enthusiastic about the influx of people stayed further out.
Farm days is fun, full of questions and details and a lot of co-ordination. We look forward to more stories on the farm and enjoy a brief hiatus from the usual Autumn days.