The 12th annual Coos-Curry Electric Cooperative Home Show opened Friday to a crowd of 1,549 and continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The free show is being held at Brookings-Harbor High School. Part of the show is housed in a big tent erected in the schools parking lot.

Fridays attendance was slightly higher than Friday of last year, said coordinator Lorie Botnen.

Its been pretty busy right from the beginning, Botnen said. Were expecting a bigger crowd tomorrow because of the childrens health fair.

She said attendance at the workshops was less than expected, but said it might have been because the workshops are new.

I encourage everyone to come back on Saturday for the childrens fair and the workshops, she said.

There will be 11 different workshops every hour from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today.

A list of the workshops, their times and locations will be posted prominently at both entrances to the home show at the Brookings-Harbor High School gymnasium, she said.

As its name indicates, most of the exhibits at the home show are home related heating, air conditioning, building supplies, furnishings and home medical.

Many are back from prior years. Most are offering drawing for door prizes. A lot are giving away novelty items such as letter openers and yard sticks.

The most unique exhibitor is Alpacas at the Rogue River. Owners Bill and Diane Swartz are showing three of the alpacas in their booth in the big tent.

The couple sell the animals for breeding purposes, and rent the services of the males. The animals are valued for their fleece, which is softer than cashmere, warmer and stronger than wool. yet lighter.