Calendar and Events, 2012
Thistledown Heather Nikos
Fall 2013 Event Calendar:
7th Annual Fall "Thistledown Alpacas Champion Production Sale", where every alpaca offered is a
Champion, the offspring of a Champion, or a Champion producer. Don't miss this opportunity to add
quality colored genetics to your herd at a fair price!
Check out the fabulous alpaca pet/fiber boys in our "Male
Sale", at the lowest prices of the year! These sons of Champion males
and blue ribbon-winning females are offered at 2 for only $600, or 3 for
$750 (w/o their ARI papers). We have six beautiful colored males to
choose from, so act fast to get your first choice. ARI papers available
for purchase separately, if desired.
Also offering two friendly, ARI-registered, proven, blue ribbon-winning
foundation females, (Iris and
Kerensa) bred to our Champion grey male,
MacDhui for their Fall 2013 crias, with a
FREE re-breeding to any of our award-winning males. Both girls available
with their Fall 2013 crias, plus a free rebreeding, offering you 6
quality, colored, ARI-registerable alpacas within a year, for only for
$5,750. And for a limited time only, we are offering 12 months
interest-free credit on this package. Now that's a bargain!
Plus we are offering
2 breeding age, ARI-registerable females, one a rare rose grey, one
white, both with Champion parents, for only $2,500 for the pair; these
friends grew up together, so we are offering them as a package deal :)
Check out our Sales List and the links to
their individual alpaca pages for more information.
Thanks so much to all
our customers - we truly appreciate your confidence in our breeding
program for the past 13 years and remain committed to breeding quality,
colored alpacas for the future, with a focus on our favorites, the greys.
Costume class at the Virginia State Fair in
Gilmanor Fall Swap, Glen Allen, VA. Saturday
22 September, 2013
- 8.00 a.m. start.
We enjoy this event and will be promoting our Fall Special "Male
Sale" by bringing some of our available boys this year. We also plan to
bring adult Muscovey ducks for sale (grey, chocolate, white), plus
ducklings, gorgeous alpaca yarn, machine-washable alpaca socks (GREAT
for hunters!), nuno-felting and needle-felting kits for crafters and
more. For information and directions, visit
Field Day of the Past,
Rockville, VA. Sunday 23, September, 2013 - 8.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
Very excited to be invited to help with the 4-H alpaca exhibit at the
Field Day of the Past this year, which is located about 5 minutes drive
away from our farm! Thistledown will be helping to educate folks about
alpacas and their wonderful fiber all day Sunday and look forward to
meeting our friends and neighbors at the Fair!. For information and
National Alpaca Farm Day
at the State Fair of Virginia:
Sunday 29th September, 2013 - 10.00 a.m until 9.00 p.m.
Come and visit us for National Alpaca Farm Day at the
State Fair this year! We have actively supported the State Fair since 2006
and look forward to spending the whole day Sunday in
Young MacDonald's Barn with our alpacas! Experience the luxury of natural alpaca
fiber and purchase craft kits, socks, yarn and rovings, all made from
natural fiber grown and processed right here in the U.S.
Thistledown Meriadoc Tundra - Reserve
Champion VAOBA 2009 at only 11 months old.
26th Annual Fall Fiber Festival of
Virginia, Montpelier, VA. October 5-6, 2013 - Saturday 10.00 a.m. until
5.00 p.m., Sunday 10.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m.
Hoping for another
great weekend at the Virginia Fiber Festival this year. We look forward to seeing many of you
again and plan to
bring along some beautiful young male alpacas for sale, plus maybe some French
Angora rabbits, from award-winning lines, together with a selection of our natural
fiber products, all grown and processed entirely here in the U.S. For
directions, times and more
information about this event,
please visit www.fallfiberfestival.org
Goochland County Fall
Festival, Goochland Sports Complex
Saturday 26th October, 2013 - 12.00 until 4.00 p.m.
Come join the fun at this FREE Fall event for Goochland families.
Ever seen an alpaca in a Halloween costume? Well, this might be your lucky
day! This wonderful event includes a free concert with Michelle Nixon and Drive, plus a petting zoo, bounce rides, pony
rides, pumpkin painting and other "make and take" activities, a
scavenger hunt, the Little Screamers haunted hayride and a costume contest. So grab your Halloween costume and come and join in the fun!
Thistledown Fall Open House & Sale
7th Annual Thistledown
Alpacas Open House & Sale, Manakin Sabot, VA:
Saturday 9 November, 2013 - 12.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.
Sunday 10, November, 2013 - 12.00 p.m. until 5.00 p.m.
Rain Date: Saturday 16-Sunday 17 November, 2013 (same times)
Come visit our 7th Annual Open
House to get "up close and personal" with our
beautiful, friendly alpacas here on the farm and maybe meet some of our brand new Fall crias! Take advantage of this great opportunity to make an early start on
your Christmas shopping - we offer craft kits, socks, yarn and roving
made from our own alpacas, which make unique and environmentally- friendly
gifts, many for under $20! We will have a selection of young males
available for sale as fiber animals or pets, without their ARI registration
papers, plus we offer show-quality colored alpacas for your breeding herd. As always, you are
welcome to call and arrange a personal farm visit at any time to learn
more about alpacas. NO DOGS PLEASE. they
scare the alpacas, plus we have working Great Pyrenees livestock guard
dogs, who live with and protect our alpacas 24X7 and do NOT welcome other
8th Annual VAOBA Expo,
Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, VA - November 23-24, 2013
For more information about the largest
alpaca show in Virginia, please visit www.vaobaexpo.com.
Pirates at the Virginia Renaissance Faire
Spring 2013 Event Highlights:
April Shearing Tour in Virginia: April 1 - April 21, 2013. This year we
organized shearing for around 1400 alpacas at about 40 farms in Virginia. This is
the twelfth year we have scheduled the shearing route in this area for our
friends at Alleypac shearing. If you need help with shearing in
2014, please email us ASAP at
before Thanksgiving 2013. Thanks!
1st Annual Powhatan Fiber Festival, Powhatan VA. April 27, 2013
Really enjoyed this first year fiber festival in Powhatan, VA. We
brought french angora rabbits and all manner of fiber products and had a
great show! Learn more about this event at
17th Annual MAPACA Jubilee, Harrisburg, PA - April
26-28, 2013. For more
information about this huge alpaca event, visit www.mapaca.org
and don't forget to check out those cute little girls in hula skirts on the
"Past Results" Show page!
PAOBA Breeders Showcase , York, PA.
May 10-12, 2013. For more information, visit
40th Annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival, West Friendship, MD - May 4-5,
enjoy exhibiting at the Maryland fiber festival every year, offering our
colored french angora rabbits for sale, and selling natural fiber yarns,
rovings and craft kits made from our own fiber animals. For
more information about the largest fiber festival in the U.S., please visit
Renaissance Faire, Lake Anna Winery, Spotsylvania, VA - May 25-26, 2013. The
RenFaire takes place over 5 themed weekends during May and early June. We brought
three of our alpacas along over the Memorial Day "pirate" weekend, plus
alpaca yarn, socks, roving and craft kits for sale. Our "long-necked
sheep that fell off the back of a Spanish galleon" are a very popular
attraction, and we enjoy meeting all the patrons at the Faire. Come and
meet the dedicated cast and crew at this wonderful family event - learn to
dance around the maypole, make Elizabethan rag dolls, stamp leather
bookmarks and bracelets, try your hand at archery, enjoy wandering
minstrels, acrobats, magicians, theatre productions and the progress of
the queen and her court, dressed in magnificent period costumes. Visit http://www.varf.org
to learn more about this unique Virginia event.
Visit our News
page to read about events in previous years!