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Mager Mountain Alpacas celebrates anniversary

LITTLE VALLEY — Paul and Sue Mager of Mager Mountain Alpacas will be hosting a two-day party, centered around the alpaca world, on Sept. 29 and 30. “Smitty” from WGWE Radio will host a live broadcast in his Jambulance, to kick off the celebration. Visitors can play the Plinco© board for prizes, while listening to the rock ‘n’ roll.

Amanda Grabowski will give spinning wheel demonstrations while telling stories to the audience. New this year will be an “alpaca kissing booth.” Greg and Nancy Whalen of Amore’ Alpacas will take a picture of visitors with an alpaca.

There will be balloons and games for prizes and refreshments will be sold to benefit the Smile Train Charity.

Certified Public Accountant Cathie Bridges of R.A. Mercer and Co. PC, will give a tax seminar on the tax advantages and income sheltering potential of owning alpacas, on Sept. 30 at 1 p.m. The So Soft Gift Shop will also be open.

“When we started raising alpacas 10 years ago, visitors had no idea what an alpaca was, where they came from or why we raise them,” Paul Mager said. “We like to make our farm an alpaca adventure, for visitors to see these magnificent animals up close and learn their history and what great products we can harvest without harming them.”

The Magers’ herd of 32 alpacas and two llamas includes five rare, grey alpacas and 10 baby alpacas, or crias. Sue Mager said, “People love to watch the crias run and play. Sometimes, I even let people hold one. Their faces light up with huge smiles and they always say, ‘Oh, they are so soft.’”

The open house will run Sept. 29 and 30 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Mager Mountain Alpacas is located on Mountain View Drive off routes 242 and 353, on the east end of Little Valley.

For more information, visit www.magermountainalpacas.com or call 938-9077.
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