Gore Mountain farm gears up for fall festival

NORTH CREEK - As winter approaches in the Adirondacks, things are far from quieting down at Gore Mountain Farm. Owners Virginia French and Barry Finer are busily preparing for their fall fiber arts festival Oct. 9 and 10 in conjunctions with Gore Mountain's harvest festival.

"We have brought the animals and goods to the mountain in past years, but now we want to invite visitors to enjoy our entire farm," said French.

The farm, home to 30 Huacaya alpaca's is an award-winning breeding and showing facility in the north country. French shows of the many ribbons won by her alpaca's in her shop, which boasts cozy goods made of alpaca fleece from winter coats to fuzzy stuffed animals.

"This is our fifth year doing a fall festival and it has really just mushroomed from the first year," said French. "We hope is continues to attract a crowd."

The fiber arts festival will celebrate the alpaca's themselves as well as the many uses for their one-of-a-kind fleece. Spinning and weaving demonstrations will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. each day. Spinning and weaving enthusiasts will also have the honor of meeting the renowned spinning guild, The Serendipity Spinners.

French welcomes young and old to her farm to enjoy the festival.

"We want people to come and touch everything," she said. "Alpaca fleece is hypoallergenic, light and warm - perfect for the coming winter months."

French and Finer's Alpaca's are often seen meandering their fence line along Route 28 and welcome photographs. As the temperature soon plummets, the animals will welcome back their heavy fleece. French encourages people passing by to stop and take and enjoy them.

Gore Mountain Farm will be open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. both days of the fesival. For more information, visit www.goremountainfarm.com.

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