Spokane's Garbage Eating Goat to Add a Slice of Birthday Cake to Diet

Garbage eating goat gets birthday cake for his 40th birthday

Tom Keefe 509.953.9490

Friday, June 20, 2014 at Midnight

After standing his ground for the last forty years in Riverfront Park consuming a diet that was 90% litter, almost 10% leaves, and a small portion of little kids' gloves in winter, Spokane's iconic and much beloved Garbage Eating Goat will be served a generous portion of birthday cake by his creator, noted local artist Sister Paula Mary Turnbull, SNJM, on SATURDAY, JUNE 21, 2014 at 2 PM.

Former City of Spokane Arts Director Karen Mobley will serve as MC for the brief event, and will discuss the role that public art, including the ever-hungry goat, plays in enhancing the experience of visiting Riverfront Park.

Friends of the Goat spokesman Tom Keefe said, "The City of Spokane Parks & Recreation department advises us that the Garbage Eating Goat has been responsible for consuming in the neighborhood of 14,480 yards of litter and other "stuff" over the past four decades.  In addition to delighting several generations of children and their parents, the Garbage Eating Goat has performed a valuable public service in keeping the park clean, while reminding us all of the Expo 74 theme of a sustainable environment. A slice of 40th birthday cake is the least we can offer him to show our appreciation!"

Immediately following the brief birthday cake feeding, festivities will continue at O'Doherty's Irish Grille & Pub, just across the street from where the Garbage Eating Goat stands his ground.  A special selection of beer from the Iron Goat Brewing Company will be served in his honor, available at 1974 prices of one dollar per pint.  All of the Garbage Eating Goat's friends, admirers and feeders are invited to attend.