For many people, spring is the season of rebirth, renewal and regrowth. It embodies warmth, newness and natural beauty. In Pennsylvania, spring produces colorful perennials, green grass and usually warm, temperate weather (when it isn't raining, of course). Sunday, May 1 proved to be a perfect day to be outside; a good omen, as I was on my way to Phoenixville, PA's Sly Fox Brewing Company, host of arguably my very favorite of all annual beer festivals - The Bock Fest and Goat Races!
|Thousands flock to the Goat Races!|
The goat races are split into eight heats, whereby six or seven goats are pitted against each other in a mad dash to the finish line. Then, each of the victors from the individual heats partakes in one final race to determine the winner. While I typically like to show no favoritism, I do like to pick out a goat for each heat that either has a cool name (ie. Elvis, Oreo, Infected) or just looks cool... a hard feat, indeed, as I think ALL goats look pretty damn cool!
Goats of all breeds, shapes and sizes are entered into the race. However, this year, around the fifth heat or so, there stood a cute little female goat named Peggy. I was immediately drawn to her because she had the unusual distinction of having only three legs. I thought to myself; there's no way that this poor little goat is going to win.
|Peggy, the underdog!|
|Peggy and her handler, Colin|
|Peggy's final strides toward the finish line!|
|Me, Peggy and Colin after Peggy's triumphant victory!|
As I said before, this is an absolute must-attend event for me. I'm there, rain or shine, in 90-degree heat or bitter cold. It doesn't matter. Pair up great beer with a bunch of goats running around, and I'm there. If you've never been to the Sly Fox Bock Fest and Goat Races, do yourself a favor and make plans to attend next year's event. I guarantee you will have a blast!