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NJ Farm Creates Thriving Business By Renting Out Live Nativity Camel


"Preston has been booked solid through December..."


Harold Kafka has created a nice little side business bringing the docile sheep, goats and donkey at his family’s Watchung horse farm to petting zoos, events and, frequently this time of year, Nativity plays. So when the family acquired a baby camel named Preston last year, the frisky yearling quickly became the must-have addition for church Nativity plays the state over. Preston has been booked solid through December, sometimes doing two or three plays a day -- including an appearance last weekend at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Somerville. And though Kafka and his children are at the mercy of whatever costume they are given when they arrive, Preston arrives with his own hand-woven wool blanket and hogs the spotlight.
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