The festival that began in honor of those famous fainting goats of Marshall County returns for its 8th year at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg, and this year's lineup of goat shows, musical entertainment and activities for the whole family promises to draw crowds from all across the nation and beyond.
The Goats, Music and More Festival has been honored by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event for October twice with its unique southern flavor, top-notch free musical entertainment, goat shows that celebrate fainting and Boer goats, barbecue, food of every description, arts and crafts and kids' games and activities.
Coming to the stage this year will be acts to keep Rock Creek Park rockin' as Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band perform a free show Friday night. Johnny Lee is best known for the song that helped make the movie "Urban Cowboy" a classic as "Lookin' for Love in All the Wrong Places" hit the charts. He followed up "Lookin' For Love" with "One In A Million," which spent two weeks at number one. More number-one singles during this time included - "Bet Your Heart On Me," "The Yellow Rose (a duet with Lane Brody)," and "You Could've Heard a Heart Break." Lee's string of Top 10 hits continued with "Pickin' Up Strangers," "Prisoner of Hope," "Be There for Me Baby," "Cherokee Fiddle," "Sounds Like Love," "Hey Bartender," and "Rollin' Lonely."
On Saturday night, the Kentucky Headhunters hit the stage for a free show at Rock Creek Park. The Headhunters will be firing up a brand of country, blues and rock and roll sure to be as tasty as a "slaw-burger, fries and a bottle of 'ski." This October celebrates the 21st anniversary of the multi-platinum, Grammy-award winning LP, "Pickin' On Nashville," The Kentucky Headhunters first release on Mercury records. The song, "Dumas Walker" exploded up the charts and was soon followed by other big hits "Walk Softly" and "Oh Lonesome Me." The band has been a staple of southern rock, country and blues collections ever since and are always a fan favorite when they play live.
The music part of the festival kicks things off on Thursday, Oct. 7 when the semifinalists of the Battle at Rock Creek battle of the bands competition take the stage. The Battle at Rock Creek tunes up on Aug. 28 at Rock Creek Park with three bands competing to make the semifinals on Oct. 7. The next three will compete on Sept. 4, followed by three more bands on Sept. 18 and the final set of three on Sept. 25. The four winners from those competition nights will compete on Oct. 7, with the two finalists opening the show for Johnny Lee and the Urban Cowboy Band on Friday, Oct. 8 during the first-night finale of the Goats, Music and More Festival.
Saturday, various acts will take the stage at Rock Creek Park leading up to the second-night finale with the Kentucky Headhunters closing the show. All the musical events are free so bring a lawn chair and make room to dance the days and nights away.
Sunday at the festival will feature gospel music headed up by the local ministerial association of Marshall County.
The real stars of the festival take the show tents on Friday with Myotonic Goat Registry Goat Shows and the Southern Middle Tennessee Junior ABGA Boer Goat Show. Saturday hosts the World Championship Fainting Goat Show and the John D. Taylor Memorial Boer Goat Show. The Southern Middle Tennessee ABGA Boer Goat Show will close the goat shows on Sunday.
Vendors of all kinds will line the road at Rock Creek Park beginning Friday morning with anything and everything for which a festival could ask. There is always great food, arts and crafts, unique products of all kinds and more.