« In the charming town of Perryville, nestled in the heart of Arkansas, where around 1,500 residents call home, an extraordinary phenomenon unfolds like clockwork every first Saturday in October – the Arkansas Goat Festival. What began as a humble gathering of 500 devoted goat aficionados has since burgeoned into a grandiose spectacle, attracting throngs of 8 to 10,000 festival-goers!
“This is our sixth year, and it has grown from a crowd of about 500 to a crowd of about 8 or 10,000 here in the town of 1,500 people. So this is a pretty big event for this town,” said Dave Lowe, the festival’s Coordinator.
The Arkansas Goat Festival has a unique charm all its own. It all began as a simple idea between friends who wanted to celebrate goats, just for the fun of it. But over the years, it has evolved into something much grander, capturing the hearts of not only locals but also folks from far and wide.
“I started with a friend of mine who wanted to have a festival just to celebrate goats, just for fun. And here it has just grown, and grown to become a pretty big thing,” shared Lowe.
The festival offers a delightful array of goat-themed activities. From a lively goat parade to charming goat lingerie shows, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. But it’s not all fun and games; the festival also aims to educate and inform. Workshops on goat care are an integral part of the event, ensuring that attendees leave not only entertained but also well-informed about our horned, hoofed friends.
One of the festival’s highlights is the adorable goat costume contest, where these gentle creatures strut their stuff alongside their proud owners. It’s a sight to behold, filled with laughter, creativity, and plenty of « aww » moments. »