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Llama farm among Thurman Maple Days’ attractions

A child visiting Irv West’s Peru Llama Farm in Thurman reacts to a llama’s attempts to get acquainted. The llama farm will be holding an open house this weekend and next from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

A child visiting Irv West’s Peru Llama Farm in Thurman reacts to a llama’s attempts to get acquainted. The llama farm will be holding an open house this weekend and next from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Photo by Thom Randall.

— The 2013 edition of Thurman Maple Days continues Saturday March 16 and Sunday March 17 for its second of three weekends, and a prime attraction this year — beyond the traditional sugarhouses — is Peru Llama Farm.

Noted youth advocate Irv West has created the experience of a visit to an old-fashioned hay barn where children may explore hideouts built of bales.

While youth enjoy their adventure, parents are welcome to share with Irv recollections of their own childhood hay barn adventures, he said this week.

The llama farm, offering games for children and educational displays, and interacting with West’s llamas, is to be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday. The farm is located at 661 High St. in Athol, at the intersection with Charles Olds Road. Visitors are asked to park on High St. near the Toad Hill Maple Farm sign.

Demonstrations at maple “sugarhouses,” of course, are the weekend’s headline feature, and Toad Hill has a new attraction — a cast iron pot hanging over a fire — to show how the Galusha family’s ancestors boiled down maple syrup. Others holding open houses are Adirondack Gold Maple Farm, Valley Road Maple Farm and Hidden Hollow Maple Farm.

A pancake breakfast is top be held at Valley Road farm beginning at 9 a.m. both days. The townwide fest, which begins at 10 a.m., also includes maple shopping, sawmill demonstrations and lots of friendly, family fun. The tour sites remain open until 4 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors are also welcome at Martin's Lumber to see the polished, exquisitely-grained slabs of maple, along with stained-glass stepping stones and craftworks.

For further information or to download a map, see: www.ThurmanMapleDays.com.

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