Portage alpacas featured at Fibre Festival

Winnipeg Free Press     
By: Andrea Geary
Photo: Courtesy of Alpaca Culture

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Sandra and Clint Brown will soon be grooming four members of their 35-animal alpaca herd to display at the sixth annual Manitoba Fibre Festival.

The festival is scheduled for Fri., Sept. 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Sat., Sept. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Red River Exhibition Park. This year’s festival features about 80 vendors from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and as far away as B.C., along with workshops, demonstrations and a curated fibre art show. Fibre producers, spinners, knitters, weavers, and felters will have booths. Workshops to teach weaving, spinning and dying techniques, among other skills, are offered.

The Browns’ animals are part of their Enchanted Grove Alpacas breeding operation located west of Portage la Prairie, Sandra said they moved to a small acreage in the Portage area about 15 years ago. Neither one of them has a farming background, but they were prompted to invest in their first two alpacas — a mother and baby — to give their large dogs something to protect.

As the years passed, their herd grew and now features a champion male, Enchanted 4 Castiel, who has earned awards at alpaca shows in Canada and the U.S.

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