New Moon Farm Goat Rescue & Sanctuary
Second Annual Goatalympics Fundraiser
July 21, 2012 , 9:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Evergreen State Fairgrounds, 14405 179 Ave. SE, Monroe, WA. 98272
Contact: Ellen Felsenthal, 425-791-4512, firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: FREE (donations always welcomed)
Can’t afford to head to London for the Summer Games this year? Then head to Monroe, WA for the 2012 Goatalympics! “Goatalympics 2011 was a huge success and a lot of fun, and 2012 will be even better!” says New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary director, Ellen Felsenthal. A 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, New Moon Farm is excited to host their second annual Goatalympics, their largest fundraiser of the year. A recipe of high-priced feed, failed urban farm projects and small farm foreclosures, led to an unusually high numbers of goats needing safe haven this past year. New Moon Farm began 2012 with 46 adoptable goats, and as of April 15, has taken in 57 more. In addition to the goats looking for new families, the farm is home to a permanent herd of 12 unadoptable animals.
Since 1999, New Moon Farm has taken in, rehabilitated and found loving homes for almost 1,000 goats. As the only goat rescue in Snohomish County, NMF takes in animals from individuals, as well as working regularly with Animal Control agencies from across the state. Animals have come to NMF from as far as California and Idaho. All animals are seen by a veterinarian, and receive all necessary medical care before being made available for adoption. With an operating budget of approximately $40,000 per year, New Moon Farm is funded completely by public donations. There is no county, state, or federal funding for large animal rescue. Please visit www.newmoonfarm.org or www.goatalympics.org for details.
The 2012 Goatalympics is not your typical livestock event! Rather than focus on conformation and production, as seen at a typical County Fair, the Goatalympics is all about having fun with pet goats. It’s a chance for people to show off their ruminants’ skills, with events ranging from obstacle courses and races to costume and stall decorating contests. In addition to the goat contests, there will be a mega-raffle and information about fiber goats, pack goats, and using goats for environmentally friendly land clearing. Of course, there will be adorable, adoptable goats for people to meet. There will be several photographers on site as well, covering the fun from every angle. Photos will be available for purchase online after the event.
Come out to watch goats and their people compete in foot races, obstacle courses and more! Take your guess as to who will win Loudest Bleat, Longest Beard, Goat-Owner Look-a-Like, Coolest Horns and more. Vote in the People’s Choice Awards for Adult and Youth costume contests. Last year there were approximately 100 attendees and 42 contestants who showed 57 goats. Ages of contestants ranged from 4 to 64. Last year’s “Best Costume” – Lady Ga Ga Goat, was a sight to be seen!
The purpose of the event is to raise money for the goat rescue and raise awareness of the New Moon Farm organization. The event is open to anyone who wants to play.
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