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The 9th Annual Lewisburg Goats Music and More 

Goat Festival October 7th, 8th, 9th - 2011

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Mark your calendars! We hope to see you there!! Stop by and see us at our Critterhaven Farm booths!  We'll have Goat Marionettes, Goat signs, vintage cookbooks, small furniture, old books, and other Antiques and Collectibles.  We’ll be in Spaces 50 and 51.  Stop by and say HI!

Here are some of our babies from our 2008 festival booth featured on the GMMF site! Photos by Beth Leftwich




   Pendragon and his new friend             A beautiful blue eyed doeling                Pendragon and Little Man   of our herd sires now...getting some lovin' at the festival


2009 Photos of our goats on the GMMF website..Photos courtesy of Beth Leftwich        


Dani strutting her stuff with our daughter as a Hippie Goat in the Goatly Goblins contest      


News Channel 5's Talk of the Town came and interviewed several goat owners including ourselves for the 2009 GMMF


We are the ones on the left of the photos with Dani and Suzanne, 2 who placed well at the Nigerian Goat Show in 2009



Musical guests Scheduled to appear:

Friday Night – Lorrie Morgan

Saturday Night – Confederate Railroad



Why Lewisburg TN for the Fainting Goat Festival? the History of the Fainting Goat taken from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and you'll see why..Marshall County TN is the first place of known origin in the US!!

"The breed's history can be traced back to the 1880s. An itinerant farm laborer named John Tinsley came to Marshall County in central Tennessee, reputedly from Nova Scotia. Tinsley had with him four unusual, stiff goats. Goats of this type gradually became known across the region. They were less apt to climb fences and escape from pastures than other goats, and their muscular conformation and high reproductive rate were also valued. Farmers began to appreciate them, and the numbers of "stiff," "nervous," or "fainting" goats increased. During the 1950s, some Tennessee Fainting goats were taken to the hill country of central Texas. They were further selected for meat qualities, including larger size, and came to be known as "Wooden Leg" goats.

In the late 1980s, both the Tennessee and Texas branches of this breed were rediscovered. The new enthusiasm for the goats diverged into two major endeavors. One group of breeders worked in the historic tradition, emphasizing the meat qualities of the animals and selecting for growth rate, conformation, and reproductive efficiency. The other group selected for extreme stiffness and small size, promoting the breed as a novelty animal.

As a landrace breed, Tennessee Fainting goats were always variable in size. This variability, emphasized by recent selection, has given rise to a population which ranges in weight from 60-175 pounds. Heavily muscled conformation is consistent among the goats. The ears of Tennessee goats are larger and more horizontal than Swiss breed goats, but smaller and less drooping than Nubian or Spanish goats. The facial profile is usually concave. Most goats are horned, and horns vary from large and twisted to small and simple. While most of the goats have short hair, long haired goats are not unusual and some animals produce cashmere.

Tennessee Fainting goats are found in almost all colors known in goats. Kidding season is always exciting, as new color combinations pop up. Since does like to keep their kids hidden for a few days, looking for these multicolored kids can be like hunting Easter eggs. Does are prolific, with an extended breeding season, and some does will bear kids every six months. Most does produce twins or triplets regularly and have plenty of milk to raise them.

The Tennessee Fainting goat breed is gaining attention for its combination of meat traits with reproductive efficiency, and it is increasingly recognized as an important genetic resource in the United States. Goats are being used both as purebreds and for crossing with other breeds, especially the Boer goat, a recent import from South Africa. While crossbreeding can demonstrate the genetic value of the Tennessee Fainting goat, overuse of purebred does for crossing would threaten the survival of this unique and important American goat breed. It is a high conservation priority.

Status: Rare"

Now you may be coming to see a goat faint.  You might, and then again you might not.  These guys are NOT trained to do this.  It's their nature.  We do not make them faint just for the fun of watching them do it.  We do not encourage making them faint.  If you REALLY want to see it happen..I mean...REALLY want to watch one faint..then click here for Video of Fainting Goats in Action! (Be patient..may take a bit to load but worth it if you need to see fainting goats).

For those of you that follow the Goats Music and More Festival happenings I've set up a Yahoo Group for information as it becomes available and comments afterwards.  To join see the link near the bottom of the page.

The GMMF also has a new tollfree number which will connect you with whomever you need to find out any information regarding the festival.


See Animal Clinics at the bottom of this page for boarding of your dogs if needed.  All Goats (at the shows or people walking around with them) and other petting zoo animals on the property must have current Health Certificates and follow USDA Scrapie Regulations.

Any goat that you are wanting to sell must be entered in one of the shows..either the Boer or Fainting Goat shows. Sales of goats otherwise on premises is not allowed.  The committee does not wish the festival to turn into a market where anyone just pulls up and sells goats.  



**All Events Scheduled subject to change**


Friday and Saturday and Sunday

October 7th, 8th, 9th, 2011

Rock Creek Memorial Park

Hours 9 am - 9pm Friday

9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. Sat.

9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sun. 

"Bring Your Goats and Come on Home"

See the official schedule at  



7 am

5K Goat Run


Food & Craft Booths Open around the Festival Grounds

Children's Activities Open in the Children's Area

Myotonic (Fainters) Goat Registry Show- Show Tent 1

6-8 pm

Battle at Rock Creek Finalists Perform - Main Stage

8 pm

Lorrie Morgan Performs – Main Stage



 Saturday, October 8, 2011

7 am

Lions Club Biscuit Breakfast

9 am

Food & Craft Booths Open Around the Festival Grounds

Children's Activities Open in the Children's Area

World Grand Champion Fainting Goat Show-Show Tent 1

John D. Taylor Memorial Boer Goat Show-IBGA- Show Tent 2

10 am

Nannies & Kids Pageant in the Kids Area


Live Music on the Main Stage

8 pm


Confederate Railroad Performs Main Stage




 Sunday, October 9, 2011


9 am 


Food & Craft Booths Open


Southern Middle TN ABGA Boer Goat Show- Show Tent 2



Credit Cards Accepted!

All Goats must have Health Certificates and follow USDA Scrapie Regulations

Dogs are welcome with these exceptions: No Pit Bulls or any breed of Pit Bull. Leash Laws Apply. No Dogs within 100 Feet of Goat Show Tents.

Parking is encouraged behind Rock Creek Park on Murray Farm side of Rock Creek. Take East Church St to East Hill and Follow Directional Signs to Parking Area

Bring a Lawn Chair to Enjoy the night of Music both Friday and Saturday Night

Souvenir T-Shirts will be Available at the Stage Infor-mation Booth across from the main stage and the Goat Show Tents during the Festival


All Activities take place in and around Rock Creek Park, Old Farmington Rd.




For Goat Show Information contact the show Chairperson:   Pat Taylor (931-364-7171)

Southern Middle Tennessee World Champion Fainting Goat Show

John D. Taylor Memorial Boer Goat Show (IBGA Sanctioned Show)

MGR Sanctioned Fainting Goat Show

Southern Middle TN Boer Goat Show (ABGA Sanctioned Show)


**All Events Scheduled subject to change**




See it here at the official site

logo and official site @ Goats Music and





·         See full 2005 Columbia Herald article HERE

If you are interested in being a vendor for the 2009 festival please see the official site for a form ..deadline to submit is early Sept..  Prices are on the application.  Prices are for the three days and will include electricity if so needed.  Bring your own extension cords! No reserved will be sent a packet with your space number and your parking passes before the festival.  No holds for spaces.  You must send in your app and payment to insure you get a space.

There are no food vendor spaces available.  Food vendors are by invitation only.

 Festivals sold out early of vendor space.  We will be adding a few additional spaces this year but we still expect it to be a sellout, so don't wait til the last minute ...get your forms back in early!!

2005 Tennessean Article "Fainting Goats Sure to Steal Show"

 (Picture by JAE S. LEE / STAFF)

2004 TN Agriculture Article on Lewisburg Goat Festival

2003 Tennessean Article "No Kiddin', a Fainting Goat Festival"


Gene McNutt stands over one of his Tennessee Fainting Goats at his farm in Chapel Hill, Tenn. Nearby Lewisburg will hold a goat festival in October, which will feature the Tennessee Fainting Goat.   

Funtimes Guide article on the Fainting Goats of Lewisburg



**All Events Scheduled subject to change**

The 2010 Festival was A HUGE SUCCESS! OVER 15,000 IN ATTENDANCE! 

General Information Pam Davis City of Lewisburg  (931)-359-1544

Vendor Information – Gina Jones -  Vendors apps are due by Sept. 16, 2011 (Food vendors are by invitation only)

Publicity Greg Lowe

For Motel Information Contact:  Marshall County Chamber of Commerce 931-359-3863 or

 Lodging information:

Henry Horton State Park (866-836-6757 or 931-364-2222) Located at 4358 Nashville Hwy Chapel Hill, TN 37034

Celebration Inn (931-359-7490) Located at 1234 Nashville Hwy Lewisburg, TN 37091

Richland Inn (800-207-1021) Located at 723 E. Commerce St. Lewisburg, TN 37091 or visit

Walking Horse Lodge (931-359-4005) Located at 255 N. Ellington Pkwy Lewisburg, TN 37091

The Vista ( 931-293-2111) Located at 3731 Pulaski Hwy Cornersville TN 37047

Texas T Campground (931-293-2500) Located at 2499 Lynnville Hwy Cornersville TN 37047 or visit

For Veterinary Stays for your Pets

Dr. Roger Story, Companion Animal Hospital (931-359-6376) Located at 1340 S. Ellington Pkwy Lewisburg, TN 37091 or visit

Meredith Warner Animal Clinic (931-359-3945) Located at 1370 Nashville Hwy Lewisburg TN 37091 or visit

Lewisburg Animal Clinic, Dr. Grissom (931-359-5945) Located at 1113 East Commerce St.  Lewisburg, TN 37091

Dr. Greg Harris (931-364-7799) Located at 123 Main St. Chapel Hill, TN 37034

All About Animals, Dr. Jennifer Byrd  (931-364-2305) Located near Hwy 99East Chapel Hill TN 37034




Directions: From I-65 take Exit 37 towards Lewisburg on Hwy 50; Stay on Hwy 50 which turns into Ellington Bypass. Watch for parking signs and Rock Creek Memorial Park signs........OR

From I-65 take Exit 32 towards Lewisburg on Hwy 373; Stay on Hwy 373 which turns into West Commerce. Continue until you reach the town square and follow the signs to Rock Creek Memorial Park.

*Times are subject to change. For more information call  1-866-96-GOAT or visit the official website at


Map from GMMF  PDF file






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