MOUNT VERNON — The Country Club Retirement facility hosted McFarland’s Llama Farm and their 4-H kids Friday.
Cindy Ruckman, a 4-H advisor and owner of McFarland’s Farm, has been bringing the llamas to the home for several years now.
“It’s kind of became a July tradition to bring them out here,” Ruckman said, “So many residents have a connection to the animals, to the kids, and to the fair.”
The kids have been doing show camp for the week before and bringing them to the home makes them pretty much ready for the fair Ruckman said.
“I think it’s awesome,” said Bonnie McKnight, a resident at the Country Club. “It’s the closest I’ve ever been to one. I’ve never touched one. It’s been an experience.”
Bonnie also said that the llama is the favorite animal that McFarland Farms brings to the home.
Kyler Howard, a 4-H participant, has done 4-H for three years but has had his lizard Macy since he was in first grade.
“It’s really fun showing her off,” Kyler said about bringing his lizard to the home, “She likes it, she’s good with it.”
Judy Burges, a resident at the Country Club, said she really enjoys it. Her son and her grandson came to see her and see the animals that day.
“The llamas and that little lamb are my favorite,” Judy said.
Sandi Brodbeck, activity director at the Country Club, said the event has evolved from something small in the front courtyard to a bigger event in the back of the home. This year residents got to enjoy seeing and petting llamas, an alpaca, a lamb and various other animals while enjoying the sun and fresh air with their families.