It's Time for The Running of the Goats

Thousands prepare to drink beer and cheer as four-legged contestants get ready to rumble through the streets of Phoenixville.


With the start of the fifth month of the year comes May flowers, teenagers in love and, of course, goats.

Yep, just as the swallows return to San Juan Capistrano on St.Joseph's Day and the runners return to Philadelphia's Broad Street so too do the goats run through the streets of Phoenixville on the first Sunday of May.

This year will be no different, as Peggy, the three-legged goat and reigning 2011 and 2012 champion tries to defend her title.

Here are details as posted on PhoenixvilleDoes.Com:

Sly Fox Bock Festival and Goat Race

Sunday May 5th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

The multi-heat goat race starts at 2pm

(Goats must be checked in by noon)

Parking is at the Kimberton Fairgrounds with shuttle service to the festival

Important Rules:

Keep your goat on a leash!

Bring cash to buy tickets.  Sly Fox will only accept tickets for all Bock Fest purchases.

(Wawa across the street does have an ATM)

Bring your I.D.

Do NOT bring beer.

Do NOT bring disposable water bottles.

Bring refillable water bottles.

Be courteous. Be safe. Have fun!

About 3,000 people are expected to gather behind Sly Fox Brewery to watch a the goats race.

And yes, there will be beer.

As it is each year on May’s first Sunday, the Sly Fox Bock Festival and Goat Race will be held on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. behind its Phoenixville brewhouse.

Before, after, and—who are we kidding—during the race, the brewery will host a tasting festival in front of its Kimberton Road location, where goat enthusiasts are invited to fill themselves to the brim on its German menu of bock-style beers.

Joe Phoenix May 01, 2013 at 12:20 PM
I have to say it. This is not right. So in the photo it looks like someone is dragging their goat. This is cruel!
Randy Morin May 01, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Hi Joe, Actually Dax fell right before the finish line which allowed Peggy to win. He was not getting dragged. You can watch a video of the final race here - http://youtu.be/gtcg_4H2_sY
marcthepig May 01, 2013 at 01:34 PM
Will there be a goat roast afterwards?
Joe Phoenix May 01, 2013 at 01:42 PM
I see that. So I guess this is one of the reasons I don't drink alcohol. Really? A goat race?
Melanie May 01, 2013 at 02:15 PM
Jesus JoeP - you sound like a boatload of fun.
harry finster May 01, 2013 at 03:19 PM
only in phoenixville wou;ld you have to admonish people to be courteous ,really cant you people get some higher class enertainment ?
EmmaG May 01, 2013 at 04:17 PM
I love this idea! Great way to bring a community together. And if you're worried about cruelty to goats via walking them on a leash, you've probably never owned a goat and should probably stop judging other people.
Area Patch Reader May 01, 2013 at 05:38 PM
The Sly Fox is great and this is a good event but it's gotten a little too big over the years. Use to be a one-two hundred or so people, now it is thousands. You can barely move and wait in line for over a hour to buy a beer. Reminds me of the Restaurant Festival in West Chester. Another great event but just way too many people in such a confined space as it has been taken over by "tourist" To quote Yoggi Bera " That place is so crowded, nobody goes there anymore". That said, everyone should experience the goat races at least once.....Hope the weather holds up for them.
harry finster May 01, 2013 at 06:14 PM
All true APR. Ahhh the price of fame.
harry finster May 01, 2013 at 06:21 PM
Fred Bretz, it's funny you make a comment on an event you know nothing about. I can tell you that Sly Fox is nationally recognized as a premium micro-brew and many upscale restaurants in California offer Sly Fox but you would know nothing about upscale. So Phoenixville has invaded California. By the way Fred, what's your downtown look like? Ohhhh yeah, you don't have a downtown. PS - How's Fafa doing with her weight training at the gym?
Kim Feindt May 06, 2013 at 12:23 AM
This was my first year to attend. It could be called a family event. People brought blankets and camped out - there were so many cute babies, toddlers and doggies I couldn't count them all, let alone miniature goats and fabulous swag! Next year we plan to get there early and enjoy the festivities all day!


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