Tennessee goats are "historical" and "happening" at Goats, Music and More Festival

Monday, September 18, 2006

The fourth annual Goats, Music and More Festival will be held in Lewisburg at the Rock Creek Park on Friday, October 13 and Saturday October 14. The festival aims to honor goats, particularly Marshall County's famous native "Fainting" goat and Boer goat.


The first recorded mention of "fainting" or nervous goats was from Marshall County during the 1800's, according to festival officials. A man named Tinsley moved into the northern part of the county bringing with him four "bulgy-eyed" goats and a "sacred" cow. The goats demonstrated a strange tendency to become temporarily rigid, even to the point of losing balance and falling over, when startled. Tinsley stayed long enough to marry and harvest a crop. He then left unexpectedly, leaving his wife but taking his cow.

Before departing, he sold his goats to a local doctor, and the odd but otherwise healthy goats went on to reproduce and continue living in the area. Fainting goats were almost extinct by the 1980's, but today the quirky breed is thriving throughout the world thanks to its novelty appeal.


Fainting goat and Boer goat shows are the core of the festival, but visitors will also find a full slate of planned fun, including an arts & craft show, food vendors, children's activities and acoustic, bluegrass, country, and rock and roll music. Friday night entertainment will begin at 4:00 p.m. with The Nora Mills Band and conclude with T. Graham Brown. Saturday night entertainment will also begin at 4:00 p.m. with The Fossils, Uncle Tom, Classic Rock All Stars, and conclude with Felix Cavaliere's RASCALS.