Grand champion named

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Photo by Debbie Hill Lewisburg Mayor Barbara Woods hands a check to Janice Likens, owner of the 2012 World Grand Champion Fainting Goat named Pint Size Phenix being held by Likens' friend, Sue Williams. Miss Marshall County Kathryn Haislip is at left. At right are volunteers helping with winners' ribbons.

From Staff Reports

Rock Creek Park was packed with goats, music and more Friday and Saturday when the 10th annual festival brought smiles to young and old.

Those smiles were broader Saturday because Friday's weather put a damper on crowd turnout, according to vendors and service clubs trying to raise funds.

The center of attention Saturday evening was Pint Size Phenix, the 2012 World Grand Champion Fainting Goat owned by Janice Likens who owns Pint Size Ranch in Boonville, Ind.

Likens has won two previous world grand championships for her fainting goats during the annual goat show here.

Goats Music & More was very well run, Likens said.

"It was a pleasure to be there," said Likens, who's been showing goats in Lewisburg since the show began 10 years ago.

The world grand champion was named Saturday night.

At the Lewisburg Lions tent Friday, club treasurer Lewis Cope said, "We have not had a good morning. The weather has been detrimental to our sales, but I'm sure that's true for all the vendors."

Lions sold more coffee and hot chocolate than cold drinks on Friday.

"We're anticipating a good breakfast," Cope said when better weather was forecast for Saturday.

"This is our 10th year at Goats Music & More," he said.

During the first year, Lions sold pancakes only. Now, it's three meals a day.

All the proceeds from this and from last week's Octoberfest are spent on the club's sight projects.

In spite of the cool damp weather Friday evening, one performer estimated the crowd at 2,000 to 2,500 people in front of the city park stage just before the Bellamy Brothers started playing. Shortly thereafter, a local official reacted to the estimate saying there were probably more than 3,000 people being entertained by the band.

Near a hospitality tent for music stars, Bellamy Brothers road manager Wally Dentz was asked what's led to the band's longevity.

"The material they have spans three decades, so there's always a song that people relate to. They travel extensively. People are familiar with them. Some bands don't want to tour that much. We definitely have the demand."

The band performs for audiences that range from 250 people to 20,000.

The Bellamy Brothers performed for about 300 people at a dinner show at a Houston country club on Thursday, then traveled 850 miles to Lewisburg.

David Bellamy and Howard Bellamy posed for photos just before going on stage when they were asked what they thought of the new TV show "Nashville."

Howard Bellamy said, "I kind of liked it. It's cast very well."

Powers Boothe is "incredible," he said.

Asked about goats, the cause of the festival that's grown to attract thousands of people, Howard Bellamy said, "We have goats at our ranch, but no fainters."

Photographed with the brothers were Randy and Angie Corley of Chapel Hill.

Randy Corley plays in the band Anderson Rode, a band in this part of Tennessee that's pronounced, but not spelled, the same way as the Kentucky band, Anderson Road.

Doug Knight of Greenbrier, Robertson County, is the lead singer of Anderson Rode, which was the house band at Knight's Pizza in Caney Spring.

Knight is also familiar with the Bellamy Brothers. "I grew up with their music," he said.

Jimmy Martin, an Ostella cattle farmer, was watching his 2-1/2-year-old granddaughter, Khloie Walls, play in the bounce house. It was the first time she played with someone of her own age in the inflatable.

Martin used to show goats, including a national champion, Bingo's Superman, but sold out about two years ago because "nobody wants to work. You can't get good help."

Among the concert audience standing on Old Farmington Road were Jesse Pugh, 18, and his girlfriend, Jessie Rich, 19.

Are they fans of the Bellamy Brothers?

"No sir," Pugh replied. "I don't know who they are."

After seeing the Bellamy Brothers' concert, Pugh said, "I liked them... There wasn't a particular song (that he recalled as better than another.) I just enjoy that type of music. I'd like to see them perform again."

The name, the Bellamy Brothers, "kind of threw me off," Pugh said. He anticipated music that was "somewhere between gospel and jazz."

Pugh said he plans to join the U.S. Marines after he gradates from Marshall County High School. Asked if she will worry about him, his girlfriend replied "No. He can take care of himself."

Saturday evening the temperature was in the pleasant 70s, and people of all ages thronged the road between the booths, greeting friends and checking out the merchandise on display. Most of the small children were carrying this year's "must-have:" a wand of multi-colored flashing lights.

As darkness fell, people packed into the seating space in front of the stage, patiently waiting for the star band, Wet Willie, to take over from local acts. They applauded loudly as "the real deal from Mobile" finally took the stage.

Wet Willie was founded in 1970. The band released a new live CD "Miles of Smiles" this year and is touring with some of the original members, including lead singer Jimmy Hall, brother Jack Hall on bass, and TK Lively on drums, as well as other longtime members Ric Seymour on guitar and vocals, Ricky Chancey on guitar, and Bobby Mobley on keyboard.

Vendors interviewed on Friday said business was slow because of the weather, and looked forward to a better Saturday. The economy was blamed for poor sales last year. Some booths were raising funds for worthy causes.

At Bill Lowe Wheatley V.F.W. Post No. 5109 booth, building committeeman Danny Montes said would benefit "vets and those overseas," similar to Moms on a Mission, which also had a booth.