It takes a lot of people and many days of organization for an event like this to happen. The farm was open to the public and hundreds of people came to watch the shearing, visit the store, see the alpacas and learn about the important fleece and fibre.
I had some great jobs that day. John and I haltered all the animals and I led each one to the table. To my surprise, Nancy volunteered me to learn how to trim the toenails! I could have done a better job if I'd had my glasses on, but it was a great experience. (And now I have another skill to add to my resume.)
(Sorry I don't know where this picture is from and cannot give proper credit.)
The United Nations has declared 2009 "The International Year of Natural Fibres". The next blog entry will have more information about fleece and fibre.