Two baby Nubian goats will be a featured attraction at the upcoming Hay Days Harvest Festival at the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum in Evergreen.
Attendees at the festival on Aug. 31 will have a chance to bid on names for goats in the Foster Parent competition. The winners will be invited to stay for a private party with their new kids at 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the bidding will be used to buy food for the goats, which costs $365 annually for each, said Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum and park.
The growing kids are eating lots of alfalfa and grains while making their home in the original goatery at the park.
Standing beside her new charges, Rayne said she decided to introduce the same breed of goats that the Humphrey family kept on the farm. She found the pair at the Westfarm Goats in Indian Hills.
As they call to her in high-pitched bleating sounds, Rayne smiled and said she is the goats’ mother, for the time being.
The festival will offer live music by the Original Cow Boy Band, horse rides and harvest foods including hot apple cider, candy apples and cookies, and apple pressing. Visitors are welcome to bring their own apples and containers to make their own juice at the event.
At the festival’s Buckaroo Station, youngsters can hear stories, get their faces painted and play traditional games such as clothespin drop and beanbag toss, and participate in a potato sack race.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has admission fees of $5 for adults and $3 for children.
The annual Hay Days Harvest Festival is one of many events that Rayne and her husband, Roger, offer to the community and area visitors.
The Raynes offer children’s birthday celebrations at the park that include vintage clothing for youngsters to try on, traditional games and activities such as jump rope, hopscotch and duck, duck, goose.
Angela Rayne also has developed an extensive array of classes for adults and children throughout the year from crafts and cooking to gardening and ice cream making.
Since taking over management of the memorial park and museum, the Raynes have created an antique and collectibles shop on the property that has a variety of goods from vintage furniture to handmade tea cozies, aprons and soaps.
Angela that she redecorated the interior of the shop in colors similar to those of the original home. Some of the items sold in the shop generate proceeds for Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity and Evergreen Christian Outreach.
The shop, events, classes and tours offered at the museum and park pay for the majority of its operating expenses, Rayne said. She also seeks grants to help support the historic property, which the Humphrey family acquired in the 1902s and made their home for many years. Although the Humphrey family left a trust to maintain the property, funds from it cover only a minimal amount of expenses, said Rayne.
The Humphrey Park and Museum, 620 Soda Creek Road, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 303-674-5429 or visit www.hmpm.org.
Contact Sandy Barnes at email@example.com or call 303-350-1042.