Located on and off the farm, Apple Hill Farm has activities for all ages to enjoy. We have lots of fun things planned to do, and we hope you will join us! If you are interested in hosting your own event, please contact us for more information.
Events on Apple Hill Farm
Alpaca Shearing Day – June 6, 2020 (first Saturday of June every year)
We shear our alpacas the first Saturday of June every year. We shear all of our alpacas in the orchard, right in front of the main barn. Shearing starts at 10 am and usually lasts until 2 pm. We will also have skirting and spinning demonstrations and our store is open all day.
Admission is $5 for adults, ages 11 and up. Free for 10 and under.
National Alpaca Farm Days – September 26 & 27 2020
Over 1,000 farms will participate across the country to celebrate National Alpaca Farm Days. Come take a tour of Apple Hill Farm and see this year’s new animals and products. We’ll have tours at 11 and and 2 pm on both Saturday and Sunday. All guests will pay $5 a person and be able to take themselves on a self guided tour of the barnyard and orchard area for the full day.
$5 admission for all visitors. Regular tour fees apply for tours.
Christmas Celebration – 2020 dates TBD
Tours of the farm every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from mid-November to Mid-December
This tour is a guided walking tour of the farm and is generally 45 minutes. Please remember to dress for the weather and wear closed toed walking shoes. Our tour rate for this event is $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and under.
Join us to buy your tabletop tree, hand-tied wreaths, and all your alpaca Christmas presents.
Classes and other Special Events at Apple Hill Farm
CAMELIDynamics @ Apple Hill Farm: May 2 to May 4, 2020
Learn how to really listen to and understand your animals! CameliDynamics is a kind, efficient, safe and science based approach to training and managing llamas and alpacas. Whether you have 2 llamas or 200 alpacas CAMELIDynamics will save you time and make living with your animals easier and more fun.
Martys methods incorporate elements of TTouch and Lindas innovative ground exercises that teach animals and handlers understanding and teamwork. CAMELIDynamics is an approach to training and managing llamas and alpacas that teaches the handler to use an understanding of behavior, balance and leverage to set the stage for cooperation instead of relying on restraint and force.
CAMELIDynamics is a set of skills that, once learned, make every animal easier to work with. Whether an alpaca or llama plants his feet and refuses to come forward, resists wearing a halter or wont stand for toenail trimming Camelidynamics offers sane, scientifically sound answers that anyone can learn and use safely.
Camelidynamics will show you:
- How to teach young animals to lead without drama.
- Be more successful in the show ring
- Set up your farm in a way that will eliminate handling frustration and save you time.
There is nothing like feeling what it is like to wear a halter or to be led, to give you a whole different point of view. Have fun, be inspired and leave with a higher level of skill and understanding. This three day event is designed for all skill levels and includes her very popular “Show like a Pro” day. If you have been to a clinic in the past* consider coming back for a refresher and see for yourself how the method is constantly evolving.
Knit with the Alpacas: June 13, July 11, July 25, Aug 8 2020
Bring your knitting or crochet projects and join us for a relaxing morning outdoors in the orchard with our alpacas and llamas. Crafting time begins at 10:00 am and ends at 12:00 pm.
Apple Hill Farm will be hosting monthly Knit with the alpaca experiences on the second Saturday of June, July, and August. We’ll enjoy a few hours of care-free crafting together as the alpacas graze around us.
The Apple Hill Farm Store will open early at 9:30 if you need to pick up any last minute yarn or needles. The cost of this experience is just $10; each participant will receive 10% off in the farm store for the day, including tour fees!
Head just 10 minutes up the road to Banner Elk or Valle Crucis for lunch after the crafting time wraps up, then join us again for our public tour at 2 pm for a chance to learn even more about our farm and the rest of our animal residents.
Farm Photo Tour: June 27, July 5, July 25, Aug 1, Sept 5, Oct 10, 2020
Join local photographer, Cindy McEnery, and our team for an exciting two-hour photo tour of Apple Hill Farm. We’ll work with you to find all the best spots to capture great photos of our beautiful landscape and our amazing animals — donkeys, goats, horses, and, of course, alpacas! Cindy will offer tips and suggestions on ways to get those special shots. Bring your iPhone, iPad, or digital camera. All levels of photographers are welcome.
This is a photography tour, not a workshop. We’ll focus on enjoying the farm and sharing tips for taking better photos by concentrating on photo composition, light, positioning yourself, and other important factors. We will not cover the use of various camera settings.
Offered on the following dates and times for 2020:
Saturday, June 27: 9 am
Sunday, July 5: 9 am and 4 pm
Saturday, July 25: 9 am
Saturday, August 1: 9 am
Saturday, September 4: 9 am and 4 pm
Saturday, October 10: 9 am
The $40 fee is for ONE date of your choice. This tour is rain or shine, so come prepared with your rain gear!
Pre-registration is required. We will limit groups to no more than 6 people so everyone can get personalized feedback.
You can pay through our website or over the phone.
Be sure to:
– wear comfortable shoes as we’ll be walking in fields and over hills
-wear a hat and sunscreen
-Bring rain gear for yourself and your camera
-bring a water bottle
– make sure your camera or phone battery is charged and ready to go!
Agritourism Works! Workshop: May 30, August 9, September 30 2020
Join us for a fun and engaging day on our successful Agritourism Farm!
-A down and dirty look at the nuts and bolts of Agritourism
-A behind-the-scenes tour of Apple Hill Farm
-The 4 Keys to starting and running an Agritourism farm
-Interactive workshop time to create or refine your farm vision
This full-day workshop, lunch included!
The workshop runs from 9:30 am until 4:00 pm. Join us early (9am) for coffee with the alpacas before we get started!
In 2018, Apple Hill Farm lead over 700 tours and welcomed over 6,000 visitors. We are excited to share our expertise with you – whether you already have an active agritourism farm or are just simply dreaming of the possibilities.
Need or want more help after the workshop is over? We also offer consulting to help you with your journey!
Events off the farm
Southern Alpaca Celebration – Concord, NC (Cabarrus Arena)
February 15-16, 2020
Alpaca and alpaca fleece show, celebrating alpacas and farms that call North and South Carolina home. This event also includes fiber arts competitions, educational classes, and lots of first-class vendors, including Apple Hill Farm!
For more information visit: carolinaalpacafarms.org/cac/
Carolina Fiber Fest – Raleigh, NC (State Fair Grounds Expo Building)
March 13 & 14 2020
A great fiber festival that brings together knitters, spinners, weavers, crocheters and others in a celebration of fiber such as wool, silk, alpaca, llama, linen, cotton and bamboo. Features will include contests, free demos, classes and shopping for yarn and ready-to-spin fiber, patterns, tools and specialty items. Apple Hill Farm will be there with our full line of yarns!
For more information visit : www.carolinafiberfest.org
Independence Day Parade – Banner Elk, NC
July 4, 11am every year
Apple Hill Farm will participate in the July Fourth parade and celebration in downtown Banner Elk. With Llamas in the parade and alpacas and a booth in the park, it’s always a good time. Don’t miss the rubber ducky races!
Fine Arts and Master Crafters – Banner Elk, NC (Sugar Mountain Resort)
July 17 – 19 & August 14-16 2020
Mixed media, jewelry, sculpture, blown and stained glass, pottery, painting, photography, textiles, unique craft, furniture, wood, and of course Apple Hill Farm yarn and products! A wonderful,high-quality juried show.
Show hours: 1 to 5 on Friday, 10 to 5 on Saturday, 10 to 4 on Sunday
Learn more here: https://averycounty.com/chamber-events/fine-art-master-crafts-festivals/
Valle Country Fair – Valle Crucis, NC
Saturday, October 17, 2020
The Valle Country Fair is an overgrown church bazaar set in the center of one of the most picturesque valleys in the North Carolina mountains at the peak of the fall color season. 10 percent of all monies raised by vendors go to fund High Country organizations which serve people in need. Last year more than 10,000 people enjoyed, Crafts, food, mountain music; 150 juried fine art & crafts booths; Freshly pressed apple cider; Hot-out-of-the-kettle apple butter; Homemade jams & jellies; Brunswick stew, chili, barbecue.
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair – Asheville, NC
October 23 to 25, 2020
Join us for 3 days of fun for the entire family! See spinning, knitting, weaving, felting and much more! Join a workshop class to improve your skills or just enjoy browsing and shopping the beautiful and unique apparel and wearable art at SAFF!