The Running of the Goats-Covington, KY

Who doesn’t like goats? They’re cute, adorable, and hilarious to watch. This year was Covington, Kentucky’s Second Annual Running of the Goats. However, it’s not quite what it would seem.

Running of the Goat Review: Was it worth it?
Running of the Goat Review: Was it worth it?

I personally attended this festival in 2017. This reflects my 2017 experience.

2018 Running of the Goats: April 22, 2018, 2-6pm

Running of the Goats

Where: Downtown Covington, Kentucky
When: April 23, 2017; 1-6pm
Entrance Cost: FREE
Dog-Friendly: Yes
Family Friendly: Yes

This year I went with a bunch of friends down to Covington to this small festival to enjoy local shops and goats. There were quite a few vendors, beer, local bands, and well, goats. It was an overcast day but there were a lot of people there. Parking wasn’t too bad for the number of people who showed up. The event was completely free and was dog-friendly.



I was a bit disappointed in the lack of goat-related items in the vendor area. Most noticeably, there was a booth selling goat gear. They had T-shirts, totes, and bandanas.


About half of the vendors there were food vendors. Most of them had nothing to do with goats. There were bakeries, vegan food, and a few booths serving up hot food. The lack of goat cheese made me sad. The Buttercup Cake House did have goat sugar cookies which were adorable. Sadly, I could not try one due to my allergies.


There were also art vendors that ranged from paintings to metal sculptures, to children’s books. Some educational groups were there as well as a booth with activities for children. There were a few booths that had handmade soaps and other natural products. Green Grrrl Wisdom had some goat soap and other products that were pretty cool.


We got there around one and checked out the booths until about two when the goats arrived. They were kept in a pen where everyone crowded around to see them. There were a few adult goats and about half a dozen adorable kids (baby goats).


After seeing the goats we didn’t really know what to do since we had seen everything and the running of the goats wasn’t until 6 pm. We decided to walk around Covington and get some pizza. It really is a cute city.

The Running of the Goats

We returned to the small festival a little before six and found a spot to watch the goats. Six finally came around and local law enforcement seemed to be having a difficult time blocking off the route for the goats and stopping people from trying to drive down the street. Finally, the time came to watch the goats run! And it was kind of disappointing.


This was it. All the goats they brought out a 2 pm were all that were running. The year previous, the goats were not leashed and ended up running all over the place. It took them 24 hours for them to retrieve all the goats. After the leashed goats came down the road it was followed by some children carrying the baby goats and everyone flooding the streets to follow.

Overall the event was a bit disappointing. More goats and goat related things are needed! Even so, it was still a good afternoon and introduced you to a lot of small businesses in the Covington/Cincinnati area.