Three differing perspectives on the ultimate goat-sale trip

Look up “professional road-trippers” in any dictionary or online platform and you will find a picture of the Crise Crew! Our kids have been on the road since, well, since before they were born! We could write for days on the driving trips we have taken — which include cross-country hauls, Maine to Florida in 24 hours, Alaska, snow storms, tornadoes and many more miles of adventures! One of our favorite road-trips now is heading to Corydon, Ind., to the Cream of the Crop Kiko Goat Sale!

Kathy’s Perspective:

October 2017 ~ Finally, a road trip out of the state! We hadn’t been on an autumn drive in a number of years because of busy fall schedules. Josh and Amelia had been talking about going to a goat conference and auction and I hadn’t really paid attention because, well, truthfully, I was still disgruntled about goating. Then they landed on a sale that was in southern Indiana and over a 3-day weekend, Cream of the Crop sale! Our first goat-road-trip as a family, how bad could it be for this disgruntled mom? Squished into my Toyota Corolla, the four of us rolled out early Wednesday morning, with our bags and snacks packed and GPS at


the ready! Occasionally there was talk of goats along the way but I pretty much stopped listening when the ruminating began! I was just excited to visit our friends in southern Indiana that we hadn’t seen in 7 years.

The visit with our friends was too short and we traveled to Corydon for Friday and Saturday’s events. I fell completely in love with the fairgrounds and the surrounding area! Different than any rural Maine town but it still had that Americana vibe that I so love and appreciate!

While Josh and Amelia were soaking up all the goat- conversation and lessons to be learned, Kevin and I were off enjoying walks around the track, checking out what was swimming in the stream and basically avoiding goats all together. And then Kevin decided he was interested in the goats and I lost my partner in avoidance.

I slowly made my way to the sale barn. 100+ Kiko goats all gathered together in one place. I didn’t understand the purpose of this sale. Once I understood these ladies were going home to become new herd members instead of in the freezer, I was able to enjoy their Please see RUMINATE, Page 36


Goat Rancher | September 2020

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