Monday, April 27, 2015

Perect Timing Alpaca Tour in Shelby County

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I recently heard about an alpaca farm in Shelbyville and immediately put it on my list of places to go. I emailed Perfect Timing Alpacas to set up a day for my family's tour. I was surprised at how quickly they responded, and how easy it was to settle on a date/time. We went on a Wednesday evening.

Perfect Timing Alpacas is located about 25 minutes from Louisville in Shelbyville, Kentucky. It's a beautiful 7 acre farm owned by Steve and Karen Kennedy and is a business that breeds and sells alpacas. They also sell beautiful scarves, hats, gloves, socks and other products made out of alpaca fleece.

When we arrived we were greeted by Karen and her daughter. They took us into the barn and gave us some background information on the alpacas, the shearing process, the farm, and answered any questions we had.
 photo Madison and Claire 2015 600_zpsybeyib7s.jpgThe alpacas had just gone through their annual shearing a few days before our tour so we were able to see and feel some of their bagged fleece. Karen also gave each of my daughters a small bag of fleece, which they have been carrying around ever since! We then walked through the barn to the fields. We first visited with the female alpacas. There were about 15 of them, varying in color and size. Many of them were hesitant to be touched by us since we were strangers to them, but there were a few females who allowed us to touch, pet, and even hug them! Karen's daughter was really helpful in talking to the alpacas and keeping them still so my young daughters could get close to them. My 2 year old LOVED them! Karen shared stories and information about the alpacas, and answered any other questions we had while out in the field. We then moved over to the field with about seven male alpacas and observed and interacted with some of them.

 photo Madison and Claire 2015 589_zpsqlcl6too.jpgWe finished the tour by looking at some of the products Karen has had made with the alpaca fleece. She had lots of socks, hats, scarves, and the cutest teddy bears for sale. If you are interested in seeing some of the items for sale you can check out their online store or visit the Shelby County Farmers Market on Saturday mornings.

The tour lasted about an hour. Karen and her daughter were very friendly and informative. It was a great tour for a great price, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn more about alpacas or be able to interact with them.

 photo fd8b60ca-7ca4-413a-a5f6-b72547fb88c2_zps3hns9prw.jpgVisit to view the herd and learn more about them. Call 502-633-6788 or 270-945-1818 (best number to call) or email for more information or to schedule your tour!

By: Kimberly

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