Events

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 17 to December 10.

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 tour rate for this event is $12 for adults, $7 for children ages 4 to 10, and free for children 3 and under.

Join us to buy your tabletop 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.


Naturalist Hike: 8:30 am June 10, July 8, August 12

On this tour, you’ll be guided through the woods by our resident Biologist, Eric Rayfield. You’ll start with a few minutes at our alpacas before heading out in the woods to learn about native plants and birds. This tour is open to anyone interested in learning more about our native species – no previous knowledge required. Bring your camera, binoculars, hiking shoes, water, and long pants. Please leave your pets at home. The tour does include some hills, so be prepared for a light hike.
This tour will take about 60 to 90 minutes, and you’ll learn about the various native habitats on the property, the local wildlife, and how it all comes together to support Apple Hill Farm as a whole. The tour is $12. Reservations are required.


Fiber Feel Day: Saturday, July 15, 2017, 12 pm to 4 pm

Join us for an afternoon full of fiber arts! We’ll be hosting dyers and spinners in the main barn at the heart of Apple Hill Farm. We will also be leading our regular farm tour at 11 am and 2 pm!
 
Learn all about our angora goats and alpacas, the fiber they produce, and the many ways you can use it to craft! Our store will be stocked with finished products to purchase, as well as locally grown and dyed yarns. We also have a large selection of fair trade yarns.

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

TBD

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!

gafiberfest.com


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.

vallecountryfair.org


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!

saffsite.org


 

Contact us or the Banner Elk Chamber for more information