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Garbage Goat plans 40th birthday bash
Garbage Goat plans 40th birthday bash

If you’ve been to Riverfront Park since it was built in 1974 then chances are you’ve fed some trash to the Garbage Goat. He’s a Spokane icon, and on Saturday he’s headed over the hill for his 40th birthday.


Garbage Goat was created in an effort to keep the new park clean and litter free during the World’s Fair months. He was sponsored by the Spokane Women’s Council of Realtors as a fun and unique way to encourage cleanliness and environmental awareness. Sculpted by Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, Garbage Goat was installed at the end of April, 1974.


While he’s beloved by almost everyone, Garbage Goat has seen some controversy in his 40 years. Dairy goat farmers weren’t pleased about his diet of trash, according to spokanehistorical.org. They wrote letters protesting, saying the public needed to be educated on the proper diet for a goat so they would stop trying to feed their trash to live goats. To appease the farmers, a sign was installed next to Garbage Goat describing the proper diet for a goat and describing it as “a most economical, true ecological animal.”

 

But all of that is long in the past, and this Saturday we’ll celebrate 40 years of tidiness with Garbage Goat. He’s having a birthday party! You can join Garbage Goat, in his basalt pillar throne, on June 21 at 2 pm for a slice of well deserved birthday cake. Sister Paula Mary Turnbull will be there to celebrate her artwork as well.


The festivities don’t end with cake, the party continues across the street at O’Doherty’s Irish Grille & Pub. Iron Goat Brewing, named for the one and only, will be pouring a special birthday brew for just $1 a pint.


Not only can you celebrate Garbage Goat on Saturday, but all of Riverfront Park is having an Expo ‘74 anniversary bash! Staff and guest will share Expo memories and there will be free guided history tours departing from the Clocktower from 10 am - 2 pm. You can also take a peek at what’s next for Riverfront Park with the Master Plan team.

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