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Riverside Park's Weed-Munching Goats Are Coming Back—and You Can Meet Them at This New Festival


Riverside Park's Weed-Munching Goats Are Coming Back—and You Can Meet Them at This New Festival

Riverside Park's popular weed-munching goats are returning to their usual summer spot in a few short weeks, and this year you can meet them at a new celebration in their honor.


The Goatham Festival, which will introduce the four goats charged with helping rid the park of invasive plants, will be will be held at the park's new 95th Street Compost Compound on Friday, July 7 from 11am to 2pm.


After the party, the goats—Cowgirl, Chico, Charlie, and Mallomar—will be moved to their old grazing spot in the wooded area of Riverside Park between 119th and 122nd Streets.


The festival will kick off with a "ribbon chewing" ceremony and include local vendors, live music, arts and crafts, plus plenty of goat-themed merchandise.


Fans will also be able to participate in the annual competition to pick the season's GOAT.


Riverside Park's Weed-Munching Goats Are Back for a Third Summer

This is the goats' fourth residency since 2019—the event was paused in 2020—and will conclude next year as part of a five-year plan to replace invasive plants with native species in the dedicated section of Riverside Park.


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