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 – first Saturday of June every year
We shear our alpacas the first Saturday of June every year. Join us for a fun filled day at the farm, free of charge! We shear all of our alpacas in the orchard, right in front of the main barn. Shearing starts at 10am and usually lasts until 3pm. We will also have skirting and spinning demonstrations and our store is open all day.
National Alpaca Farm Days – September 23 & 24 2017
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 on the hour every hour from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, and 12pm to 4pm on Sunday. Our special tour rate for this event is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and under.
Christmas Celebration – November 17 to December 10, 2017
Mini tours of the farm every 30 minutes between 10am and 4pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from November 18 to December 18.
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 special tour rate for this event is $7 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and under.
Join us to buy your table top tree, hand-tied wreaths, and all your alpaca Christmas presents.
Classes and other Special Events at Apple Hill Farm
Knit with the Alpacas: 10am – 12pm June 10, July 8, August 12.
Bring your knitting or crochet and join us for a relaxing morning outdoors in the orchard with our alpacas and llamas. Crafting time begins at 10:00am and ends at 12:00 pm.
Apple Hill Farm will be hosting monthly Knit with the alpaca experiences every second Saturday for the months 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 2pm for a chance to learn even more about our farm and the rest of our animal residents.
Ag in the Classroom: Going Local! Workshop – JUNE 13, 2017
Join us for an informative workshop and gain knowledge and resources while you explore a North Carolina Alpaca farm in Watauga County. This workshop offers classroom-ready activities and lesson plans aligned directly to the Common Core and State Essential standards. It will focus on several unique aspects of agriculture with exploration of animal husbandry, and wool production. Teachers will leave better prepared to educate students and to help them understand the sources of their food and fiber native to their local school district.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to register.
WHO: North Carolina K – 8 Teachers
WHEN: June 13, 2017 from 8:30am – 3:30pm
WHERE: Apple Hill Farm, Banner Elk, NC
CREDIT: .7 units of renewal credit for each teacher who successfully completes the workshop – appropriate for Literacy CEUs
COST: $25 – Lunch will be provided by Watauga County Farm Bureau
Events off the farm
Carolina Alpaca Celebration – Concord, NC
February 18-19, 2017
Alpaca and alpaca fleece show, celebrating alpacas and farms that call North and South Carolina home. This even 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 – Sanford, NC
March 24 & 25 2017
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 – Banner Elk, NC
July 4, 10am every year
Apple Hill Farm will participate in the July Fourth parade and celebration in Tate Evans Park in 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!
High Country Farm Tour
Join us as we celebrate the High Country Farm Tour! Apple Hill Farm is one of almost 30 farms participating in 2014. Take adavantage of this opportunity to visit local farms, connect with farmers, and learn more about growing food sustainably in the High Country. Many of the farms, wineries, breweries, and orchards are open only for the High Country Farm tour, so don’t miss out! More information about the participating farms and on purchasing tickets can be found at http://farmtour.brwia.org/how-to-take-the-tour.html
Fine Arts and Master Crafters – Banner Elk, NC
July 14 to 16, 2017 and August 11 to 13, 2017
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.
Georgia Fiber Fest – Columbus, GA Septmber 7 to 9, 2017
Don’t miss the fun! Join us for classes and events in the fiber arts. The Georgia FiberFest will be held September 8 – 10, 2016 at the Columbus Convention and Trade Center in Columbus, GA. Visit the website for more information, class descriptions, instructor bios, and vendor list. Bring your friends. We’ll see you there!
Valle Country Fair – Valle Crucis, NC
Saturday October 21, 2017
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 27 to 29, 2017
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!
Contact us or the Banner Elk Chamber for more information