By Thomas Sellers Jr.
The 29th Annual International Goat Days Festival will be held this Friday and Saturday at USA Stadium Complex. The opening ceremony kicks off with the Worlds Greatest Goat Parade at 5:30 p.m. and gates open at 6 p.m. The event is $5 per car.
Festival gates will be open from 6–10 p.m. on Friday and 7 a.m.–10 p.m. on Saturday.
Other Friday night events include the crowd pleasing West Tennessee Mini Pullers, Equestrian events with old West Special Trails, Rock the Goat – Battle of the Bands benefiting Millington Middle School and Millington Central High School Bands, Hot Air Balloon Rides, Tennessee Dairy Goat Association Milking Demonstrations and Goat Obstacle Course Demonstrations, Myotonic Goat Show, Arts and Crafts benefiting the Millington Arts Council, Business and Civic Group Vendors, the Kid Zone benefiting Millington Kiwanis Club, Antique Tractor Show, KCBS Championship BBQ Contest and more. There will be two entertainment stages at the event featuring a variety of performances throughout the whole event.
Saturday is packed with activities from the time the gates open at 7 in the morning from the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast through the finale at 10 p.m. You can start your morning off right with Goat Yoga at 8 a.m. The entertainment planned for Saturday includes the El Toro Taco and Hot Rod Barn Show and Shine Car Show and swap meet benefiting the Millington Crisis Center, an Antique Tractor Show and Parade, the ever- popular Dixie Irons Tractor Pull, amazing Model Aviation Demonstrations by the Barnstormers throughout the daylight hours, Hot Air Balloon Rides in the morning and evening and the KCBS Championship BBQ Contest including a few different contests.
Saturday also features a catch and release Fishing Rodeo for all ages organized by the Memphis Variety Club, the Kids’ Tractor Pull, a Powder Puff Pull for the ladies, a Corn Hole Tournament, Arts and Crafts and hands-on-art experiences and more. We will end the day with the main stage entertainment followed by the Rodeo presented by Old West Special Trails.
For more information, call 873-5770.