PRESTON — Warm weather, sunny skies and a host of alpacas greeted visitors Saturday, Sept. 21, at the fifth annual Alpaca Festival at Outstanding Dreams Farm near Preston.
The festival continues Sunday at 24480 Pinetown Road and features fun for the whole family, including craft and food vendors, children’s activities, fiber arts demonstrations, and Alpacas and their products. Sunday’s activities go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Heather Slayden of Easton brought her daughter, Hailey, to the farm for their first-ever trip to the festival.
“The festival is very family-friendly,” Slayden said. “This is our first time here, and we were not sure if we would be the only people here, but there are so many people, so many kids here today. We really enjoyed our trip. Hailey loved seeing the alpacas. We had a lot to do here.”
Heather Comegys of Ridgely came to the festival with her son, Billy.
“The farm really offers a lot of activities from pony rides to kids games and vendors,” Comegys said. “We had a lot of fun today.”
Visitors also shopped for products crafted from alpaca fleece at the Outstanding Dreams Farm Store. Alpaca fleece is a soft, durable fiber that is renowned for its hypoallergenic qualities. At the farm store, guests can find an array of products made from the luxurious alpaca fleece, including scarves, clothing, hats, children’s toys and raw fiber.
Outstanding Dreams Farm is owned by Phil and Vickie Liske.
“We average about 1,500 guests each day during the festival,” Phil Liske said. “When we started this five years ago, we thought we’d have about 50 to 100 visitors. But we had about 250 the first year. The next year, we had about 750 and have been growing ever since.
“This weekend is all about family and learning about the Alpacas,” he said. “It’s great to see all the kids out here having a great time. We appreciate the community’s support and look forward to meeting more people.”
Admission to the event is free, and donations are appreciated. For more information on the open house and Alpaca Festival, or to arrange a tour of the farm, call Phil and Vickie Liske at 410-673-2002 or visit www.OutstandingDreamsFarm.com.