Here it comes again: the annual Falmouth Goat Race. The race began decades ago as a practical joke when someone bought a newspaper advertisement for a nonexistent goat race and listed a friend's phone number. After many confusing calls from would-be entrants, the friends decided to hold the race after all.
Now, more than 30 years later, it's a well-established annual event run by the Falmouth Civic Association at Governor Stable Park off Turnpike Road in Conoy Township. This year's race is set for Saturday, Sept. 24.
Opening ceremonies are at 10 a.m. and are followed by a performance by the Elizabethtown Area High School Pep Band. Dusty Aleman, known as “The Singing Cowboy,” a country-Christian singer, is to provide entertainment throughout the day.
The races are scheduled for 11 a.m. In addition to the race, goats will be judged and crowned for the best-dressed, prettiest, ugliest, largest, and smallest categories. Racing a goat-on-a-stick is just one way those without their own goat can join in on the fun.
The Fly Ball Jet Set dogs are set to return to Falmouth, wowing and entertaining the crowd as they sprint to the finish line and compete in their own race. This year, moon bounces will be available for children up to 12 years of age. Two bounces will be on hand where two separate groups of children with similar age ranges can enjoy themselves safely. The petting zoo will still be available for children to get a hands-on experience with the animals. In addition, pony rides will be offered for a small fee.
Local artists and regional crafters will offer a variety of goat items, hand-crafted wooden toys, quilts, candles, beading, ceramics, collectibles, jewelry, and holiday pieces.
Lancaster County food favorites will be served throughout the day including homemade ice cream, chicken corn soup, and ham loaf patties. Breakfast will be available starting at 6:30 a.m.
Admission is free; parking is $3 per car. Anyone who wants more information may contact McKenna Snyder at 717-381-7608 or