Lewisburg Mayor Barbara Woods will be out bright and early Friday morning, leading competitors in the 5K Goats Gallop on her bicycle to make sure they take the right course. Woods did this for the previous two Gallops as well. Last year, over 80 runners and walkers started, and 75 finished.
Woods' other commitment for the weekend is presenting the award for the World Grand Champion Fainting Goat on Saturday at about 1 p.m.
Apart from that, Lewisburg's mayor says she's told organizers that she's available to help out anywhere she's needed at Rock Creek Park.
Woods was known for her strong advocacy of recycling even before she was elected mayor, and now she's especially pleased that this year recycling containers will be available for the public to use in Rock Creek Park. Solid Waste director Morgan Thomas and Public Works employees will be making sure the bins are kept emptied. It's Woods' dream to have recycling available for every event in Rock Creek Park.
With city manager Eddie Fuller retiring at the end of the month, some have speculated that the Goat Fest might not continue. Woods, however, is hopeful the festival can carry on, since it "has been such a benefit for the community."
Don't forget the "goats" part of Goats, Music and More. There are Boer goat and myotonic (fainting) goat shows on both Friday and Saturday, and a final Boer goat show on Sunday morning.
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, food of every description, arts and crafts and kids' games and activities.
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.
The Goats, Music and More Festival features a whole section of games and activities for children, including train and pony rides, rock wall climbing, a petting zoo, a moon bounce, and more.
Since a city flier was printed, there have been some changes to the schedule of events during the Goats, Music and More Festival. Perhaps most notable is the cancellation of gospel singing on Sunday afternoon. Some of the singing groups preferred 4 p.m., while others saw 2 p.m. as acceptable. The later time was too long after the 9 a.m. goat show, according to festival committee members and as the time grew near to the event, there was no agreement.