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Business is rich in fiber

March 13, 2008
By FRANK JOST
McVEYTOWN — During the past year, Serenna Crozier has transformed her passion for raising alpacas into a local business offering clothing and other household items to residents of the Juniata Valley.

Knit sweaters, scarves, hats, plush animals and more — all made from natural alpaca fiber — can be purchased from Ridge Top Alpacas, located at 157 Ridge Road in McVeytown.

“Alpacas are members of the camelid family, but they are much smaller than camels and only about half the size of llamas. They are prized for their thick, lustrous fiber, which is considered one of the finest in the world,” Crozier said.

Crozier and her family own and raise their own herd of alpacas, which they use to obtain the fiber for the handmade products offered at the store. Some of the products sold at the store come from other manufacturers, but all of the merchandise is made from alpaca fiber, Crozier said.

“Alpaca fiber, once it is carded and spun, makes a very light, soft fabric that keeps you very warm. It also is hypoallergenic. Most people who are allergic to wool do not have a problem with alpaca fiber,” she said.

The business also offers alpaca demonstrations for schools and community events, and farm tours are available by appointment. Crozier said she also acts as a sales agent for other area residents who wish to own and raise alpacas.

“They (alpacas) are friendly, great with people, and — like all animals — they have personality,” Crozier said. “They’re also highly intelligent. It only takes about three days to train them.”

Store hours vary depending on daily responsibilities at the farm, so customers are urged to call ahead before stopping by, Crozier said.

For more information, call 437-4967, or go online to http://www.ridgetopalpacas.com.'>www.ridgetopalpacas.com.

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