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Published: Friday, June 22, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

It’s alpaca-shearing time at Granite Falls farm

  • Alpacas (left to right) Padilla, Lil Brownie and Cayuse wore raincoats to keep warm last year after shearing days at Paca Pride Guest Ranch in Granite...

    Photo courtesy David Capocci

    Alpacas (left to right) Padilla, Lil Brownie and Cayuse wore raincoats to keep warm last year after shearing days at Paca Pride Guest Ranch in Granite Falls. The public can watch shearing occur at the ranch beginning at 10 a.m. June 30 and July 1.

  • From left, Neal Pulham and Randall Potter help Paca Pride Guest Ranch owner David Capocci shear an alpaca during last year's shearing days. The public...

    Photo courtesy David Capocci

    From left, Neal Pulham and Randall Potter help Paca Pride Guest Ranch owner David Capocci shear an alpaca during last year's shearing days. The public can watch shearing occur at the ranch beginning at 10 a.m. on June 30 and July 1.

  • From left, Tim Leingang, Paca Pride Guest Ranch owner, volunteer Randy Farrell and David Capocci, Paca Pride Guest Ranch owner shear an alpaca during ...

    Photo courtesy David Capocci

    From left, Tim Leingang, Paca Pride Guest Ranch owner, volunteer Randy Farrell and David Capocci, Paca Pride Guest Ranch owner shear an alpaca during last year's shearing days event at Paca Pride Guest Ranch in Granite Falls. The public can watch shearing occur at the ranch beginning at 10 a.m. June 30 and July 1.

  • This yarn was created from a portion of last year's clip. The material is used to make products that are sold at Paca Pride Guest Ranch in Granite Fal...

    Photo courtesy David Capocci

    This yarn was created from a portion of last year's clip. The material is used to make products that are sold at Paca Pride Guest Ranch in Granite Falls.

GRANITE FALLS -- A herd of alpacas will receive their annual haircuts over the course of two days, and everyone is invited to watch.
All 13 of the Huacaya alpacas at Paca Pride Guest Ranch, 28311 Mountain Loop Highway, are scheduled to be shorn June 30 and July 1. The shearing is set to begin at 10 a.m. on both days and last until about 5 p.m. or until the work is completed.
The event will be the third public shearing held at the ranch since its official opening in 2010, owner David Capocci said.
The 17-acre homestead campground offers "glamping" or upscale camping in furnished yurts and platforms for tent camping.
There is no admission fee to enjoy the shearing days and tours will be offered, Capocci said.
Shearing takes anywhere from 30 to 40 minutes per animal.
A portion of this year's clip is scheduled to go to Superior Fibers, a mill in Edmonds, to be turned into yarns and rovings. The materials will be returned to the ranch later this summer and used to create products sold in the ranch store.
"Last year's clip has already sold," Capocci said. "We don't have any homespun stuff. That goes really fast."
People who come to watch the shearing can bring their lunch and eat on the property, or picnic somewhere else along the Mountain Loop Highway. Past shearing days have attracted a steady stream of people, Capocci said.
"People drive on in and check us out and then continue on with their tour of the Mountain Loop," he said. "We've also got a million-dollar view of Mount Pilchuck."
Amy Daybert: 425-339-3491; adaybert@heraldnet.com.
Shearing June 30, July 1 at Paca Pride
Paca Pride Guest Ranch at 28311 Mountain Loop Highway in Granite Falls is planning to host shearing days June 30 and July 1. A herd of 13 Huacaya alpacas are set to be shorn over the course of the two days. The shearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. on both days. For more information go to www.PacaPride.com or the Paca Pride Guest Ranch Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/PacaPride.


Story tags » Granite FallsAgriculture & FishingAnimals

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