New Milford GOAT Days celebration back for a second year

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Spectrum/ Young's Field in New Milford was abuzz with activity last weekend for the first Greatest of All Towns (GOAT) Days event. Goatboy Soaps spearheaded the May 18-19, 2019 event that featured food, farm animals such as baby goats, bunnies and other animals from local farms, pony rides, crafts and more. Above, Kinsley Sterling, 2 ½, of Newtown, admires the baby goats.

Spectrum/ Young’s Field in New Milford was abuzz with activity last weekend for the first Greatest of All Towns (GOAT) Days event. Goatboy Soaps spearheaded the May 18-19, 2019 event that featured food, farm animals such as baby goats, bunnies and other animals from local farms, pony rides, crafts and more. Above, Kinsley Sterling, 2 ½, of Newtown, admires the baby goats.

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NEW MILFORD — The New Milford G.O.A.T. Days celebration is back for a second year at Young’s Field. And the favorite main event — 21 baby goats — will be in attendance.

On May 22 and May 23 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., visitors can hang out with the baby goats, grab some grub from food trucks, and explore the activities set up by roughly 25 local nonprofits.

The ‘Greatest Of All Towns’ event, first organized by founders Rick and Lisa Agee of Goatboy Soaps in 2019, hopes to celebrate all things New Milford, from its non-profits to its farms and local products. After a brief break during the pandemic in 2020, the celebration is back this year, just in time to celebrate the Agee’s 20th year in business.

After the Agee’s hosted an “open farm day” at their house in 2018 and about 1,000 people showed up, the couple realized they should move the event to a larger venue and invite others to join them. So after talking to the local Parks & Recreation Department, the couple secured a location and date for their event. Lisa Agee called it a “celebration of the town, not just our business.”

In 2019, the free event saw roughly 5,000 people show up, according to Lisa Agee, who said she heard great feedback from residents. Between the pony rides, baby goats and other vendors, the Agee’s realized they could make it an annual event.

“It’s just a party,” Lisa Agee said. “It’s like how Village Fair Days used to be.”

This year, the featured non-profit will be the Children’s Center in New Milford.