Get Your Goat On!

CALS Milam Library Celebrates Goat Fest with Perryville

On Saturday, October 5, the town of Perryville will host the wildly popular Goat Fest, an event that annually brings thousands of visitors to enjoy goats in costume, parades, goat theater, goat yoga, demonstrations, and vendors selling whimsical products such as goat’s milk soap bedecked with horns.

This year, the CALS Max Milam Library in Perryville is again joining the goat party with its own contribution.  Branch Manager Allen Jarvis is looking forward to the big day.

“We’re here to serve the community and be part of it, and sometimes, that means we get to do fun things like Goat Fest!” Jarvis said. “Goat Fest will be down at the city park, so we’ll be taking our Storytime down there. It’s a chance to show what we have to offer to the community, so they know what resources we have for them, which includes books, but also lots more.  And Goat Fest goes beyond just being a community event—it’s an all-Arkansas event.”

CALS programmer Trinity Neeley will be running the Storytime. “Bringing a Storytime to Goat Fest is great because everybody’s so excited about Goat Fest,” Neeley said. “Having a story in Reader’s Theater style like “Three Billy Goats Gruff” can get everybody’s gears turning in more than one direction. Then they may decide they want to check out some more folk tales for their kids.”

Neeley appreciates the way that Goat Fest brings people together from all over central Arkansas and beyond. “I’m always excited to see all the people who come to Goat Fest from all over our library service area!” Neeley said. “They’re always happy to see us because they sometimes don’t realize that the Max Milam Library is part of the Central Arkansas Library System. Then they realize they can use their cards all over the whole library system and check out and return things at all the branches, not just their own neighborhood branch.”

Come out to the Goat Fest, say hello at the Storytime, then stop in at the CALS Max Milam Library on Saturday, October 5.

For more information on the 2019 Goat Fest, check out

For contact information or directions to the CALS Max Milam Library and its many free resources, see or call 501-889-2554.

Event photos courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism