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Goats, Music and More: The G.O.A.T. of Tennessee Fall Events

Named after the world famous explorer Meriwether Lewis, Lewisburg is a great location when planning your next Tennessee getaway. Outdoor enthusiasts will love the area's natural beauty, and Henry Horton State Park features a variety of outdoor activities. Including the the Jack Daniel Distillery, Natchez Hills Vineyard, and Prichard's Distillery, the Tennessee Wine and Spirits Trail is perfect for any fan of beer and wine.


Goats, Music and More is one of the top fall events in Tennessee, and it will take place October 13-14 at Rock Creek Park. The event began 15 years ago to honor the famous fainting goats of Marshall County, and visitors will encounter a family-friendly event with something for everyone. This year's Goat Show will feature Myotonic Goats from around the world, and a panel of officials will judge the goats for breed character, conformation, and structural correctness. John Michael Montgomery and Lonestar will headline musical performances, and a variety of vendors will sell unique crafts, artisan foods, art, and more. The Goats Gallop 5K is a fun run with awards in multiple categories, and the Three-Legged Goat Triathlon is a certified USA Triathlon that will challenge participants to run, bike, and swim for a variety of awards. recieved the opportunity to interview Greg Lowe, Event Director, to learn more about this one-of-a-kind event.


RAL: How long has the event been running?

GL: This will be the 15th Annual Goats, Music and More Festival!


RAL: How many annual participants do you draw?

GL: We expect between 20,000-25,000 attendees from five countries, all 50 states, and over 80 counties in Tennessee.


RAL: What demographic does your event attract? Children? Families? Couples?

GL: All of the above - there is something for everyone


RAL: What makes this event unique?

GL: The Fainting Goats of Marshall County (of YouTube Fame) are the centerpiece of our event, but the free nightly concerts are also a big draw. The concerts include John Michael Montgomery on Oct. 13 and Lonestar on Oct. 14.


RAL: Take me through the activities that attendees will encounter.

GL:  Here is a breakdown:

  • Kids Games and Rides

  • Booths with Arts & Crafts and Other Vendors

  • 5K Run/Walk

  • Three-Legged Goat Triathlon

  • Cornhole Tournament

  • Fainting and Boer Boat Shows/Competitions

  • Plenty of Live Music


RAL: Will there be any guest appearances?

GL: John Michael Montgomery and Lonestar will headline our free-to-attend concerts.


RAL: What will attendees find for dining options?

GL: There is a food court with funnel cakes, Cajun gumbo, gourmet sandwiches, chicken tenders, fried catfish and much more.


RAL: Tell us about the overall atmosphere.

GL: It's a family friendly environment with pavilions for seating and eating, a hillside amphitheater, and areas for chairs and blankets.


RAL: Our travelers seek out unique and boutique accommodations. Where can they find these in your area?

GL: There are three main hotels in Lewisburg including Celebration Inn, Richland Inn, and Walking Horse Lodge. Henry Horton State Park is just nine miles away has an inn, cabins, and campgrounds.


RAL: Does this drive business to your local economy?

GL: Absolutely, this is the largest event held in Lewisburg and the second largest event in the county next to the Lions Club Super Pull of the South in Chapel Hill. We see a significant sales tax increase during this event.


RAL: Why should people come to your event?

GL: The Goats, Music and More Festival has everything you would expect from a festival that features music and kids games and rides, but this festival offers a chance to see fainting goats. The fainting goat or Myotonic breed is a special breed of goat that stiffens, and in some cases falls over, when frightened. They have become a go-to pet for some and a great alarm system for farmers with livestock.

For more information about Goats, Music and More, please visit the event website.