'Alpacas of the Heartland' to offer free admission this weekend

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 19:03:57-04

A Fort Calhoun woman is a pharmacist by day, Alpaca farmer by night.

She’s opening up her farm for free so you can meet the animals.

Sheri Jacoby started the Alpacas of the Heartland almost a decade ago when the pharmacist saw one of these llamas like creatures and she fell in love. 

“I found out it was pretty much easy to take care of, and we had the land,” she said.

These chomping companions are a bit of a business.

Each spring, these fuzzy guys are sheared, their wool, made into yarn, Jacoby compares to cashmere. 

Neatest part is, this weekend you can come visit the animals for free.

Each year, alpaca farmers open up their gates to get up close and feed the animals.

The goal is to learn about what alpacas are, this year, Jacoby is even letting guests name one of the newest babies.

They're expecting folks in the thousands for their ninth annual.

It's a lot of work for something that is just a hobby.

For more information on the Alpacas of the Heartland, click here.