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The Garbage Eating Goat- A 44 Year Old Spokane Icon And Other Goaty Stuff

 

Spokane has some oddities, but one that really tops it off is the famed Garbage Eating Goat. The metal goat statue was built in 1974 as an exhibit for the World’s Fair. Regretfully I was not alive yet so I was unable to see it in its newness. Apparently the much loved trash eating goat was a hit with visitors and ate a whopping 102 pounds of litter those first few days of its existence. The vacuum had to be repaired numerous times due to overzealous customers eager to give the goat bottles.

 

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The goat is located in Riverfront Square Park close to the Big Red Wagon. You will see its rock enclosure before you see it. When you lift a small piece of paper garbage (No bottles or wet items please) to its lips, an internal vacuum whirs to life and vhoom! No more trash! The goat has been a huge hit with children as well as adults for almost 44 years now! If you visit Spokane in the near future, make it a point to visit and ‘feed’ the goat.

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Although folks are keen to feed and love the copper and bronze goat, it seems that the furry ones are often neglected. Just around the corner from Spokane in a little town called Arlington is a goat rescue farm called New Moon. New Moon is a small 6 acre hobby farm that has pens for quarantine as well as open areas for goats of all sizes, shapes, colors, and ages to romp, eat, and socialize with each other. There are agility courses and goat toys which make this sanctuary heaven to the rescued.

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New Moon offers community goat classes, goatolympics, and goat work parties… this sounds like so much fun!

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To volunteer at the farm or if you are interested in Open Barn Day or adoption, contact: 844-438-4628 or adopt@newmoonfarm.org

The facility is located at:

19111 Burn Road
Arlington, WA 98223

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STAY COOL AND GET YOUR GOAT ON!!!

 

 

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