Star Staff Reports
You can find all sorts of arts & crafts, a tractor pull, barrel racing, horseshoe tournaments, great music, games and entertainment for kids of all ages, incredible food vendors, a circus, a Kansas City Barbeque Sanctioned Cook-off, and much more at the 23rd Annual International Goat Days Festival September 7th and 8th at the historic USA Stadium and Arena located at 4351 Babe Howard Blvd. in Millington.
There will be no shortage of goats at this year’s festival, both real and painted. With two sanctioned Myotonic Goat Shows, milking demonstrations by the Tennessee Dairy Goat Association, the W.S. Howard Memorial Goat Show, and the opportunity to dress up, walk, and feed dairy goats, goats will certainly be in the spotlight at International Goat Days. These goat shows are two of the biggest in the state!
This year’s event will have a grand kickoff with the American Legion Color Guard 9/11 Tribute. The tribute will begin at 5:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 7 on the main stage at USA Stadium. After a short opening ceremony the gates will open at 5:00 PM and remain open until 9:00 PM. The Tipton Rosemark Academy choir, Phillip Dean & the Thriftstore Junkies, and Papa Tops West Coast Turn Around will be featured on the main stage throughout the evening. In addition to the main stage entertainment, the Turn N Burn Barrel Race will take place at 6:00pm in the USA Arena.
On Saturday, Sept. 8 the day will begin with the Lions Club’s Annual Pancake Breakfast at 8:00 AM, followed by the Millington Central High School Marching Band and Circus Parade at 10;00 AM. Performing on the main stage Saturday includes Brittany Russell & the Trunk Monkeys, Southern Sky Band, Morgan Brier Bluegrass Band, Nancy Apple & the Whole Dang Band, and the Owens Sisters Band. The rest of the day’s festivities include the AMURICA Photo booth, Volkswagen and MOPAR car shows, Valeria’s Wings Aerial Artistic Artistry, youth fishing rodeo at 9:00 AM, Bo Hancock’s chainsaw art, Dixie Iron tractor pulls, the Barnstormers Control Line Flying demonstrations, Native American drummers and dancers, the National Metal Museum Forge, and more. The fun will continue until the gates close at 6:00 PM.
Also open Friday night and throughout the day Saturday are the Millington Arts Council’s Artists Market, Kiwanis Kiddie Land, USMC Toys for Tots collection, the Goat Shack, and ten food vendors.
The Carson & Barnes Circus is The World’s Biggest Big Top Show with fun and excitement for all ages. Featuring elephants, horses, ponies and dogs performing tricks, the High-Wire Motorcycle and the Death-Defying Dual Wheel of Destiny, this is sure to be an exciting addition to the Goat Days Festival. Come early, the Midway opens one hour before show time with a free petting zoo, plus elephant and camel rides. The Carson and Barnes Circus will perform shows on Saturday at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM, and Sunday at 2:00 PM and 5:00 PM. Tickets are $16 for adults and $8 for children the day of the show.
As a non-profit organization, Tennessee Community & Court Services, Inc. manages the cooking area, and has grown the barbeque contest into a phenomenal event. With 29 teams, 2011’s Barbeque Bash was a huge success and this year’s Pig Mafia BBQ Wars is expected to top that. The Governor of Tennessee has declared the BBQ Festival a State Championship. The Travel Channel will be filming at this year’s event. In addition to the barbeque contest, TCCS will also host Seventh Sundown on Friday at 7:00 PM and Frankie Hollie & the Noise Saturday at noon on the BBQ Stage.
For a more complete schedule of times and events of the festivities, visit www.millingtontn.gov. This incredible event is made possible by the generous support of title sponsors Homer Skelton Ford, Homer Skelton Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Millington Telephone Company, MTel Long Distance, Millington Cable, and Millington Alarms, as well as numerous other sponsors, civic organizations and community volunteers. Admission to the festival is free. Parking is $5 per vehicle.