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SISTER BAY - It's again time for the Sister Bay Advancement Association to get your goat — or rather, get a bunch of goats, marching through the village and up on the rooftop.

That's because the seventh annual Roofing of the Goats Parade and Goat Fest will take place Saturday, June 8, in downtown Sister Bay.

Comprised of skittish, short-attention span, but usually lovable goats from Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant & Butik, Door County Creamery and local goat farmers, the Goat Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. from Mill Road and State 42, from where it heads about 1/4 mile south on 42 to Al Johnson's, 10698 N. Bay Shore Drive. Two-legged marchers are encouraged to wear Viking or otherwise Scandinavian outfits, goat outfits, goatees and other related costumes.

(Note to parade watchers — don't bring dogs, as goats are notoriously terrified of them.)

For the first time, a Goat Grand Marshal will preside over the parade. This year, it's Lars Johnson, the restaurant's general manager, accompanied by his brother Rolf Johnson.

Once at the restaurant, weather permitting, some of the goats will be led up to their famous summer home on the restaurant's green sod roof where people come to watch them, hence the "Roofing of the Goats" name.

In another first for the event, the goats that don't move to Al Johnson's roof will gather at the park across the street for a goat meet-and-greet, so children and adults can get a closer look and pet them. 

Starting at noon following the parade is the fourth annual Goat Fest at Stabbur Beer Garden, located next door to the restaurant. It will feature live music, kids' games, beverages, special food dishes, a Swedish pancake eating contest and, new for 2019, a stein lifting contest — hold a one-liter beer stein, filled with beer, in front of you at arm's length for as long as you can. Other downtown Sister Bay businesses are offering their own festivities and specials.

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"Goat drop" stickers are for sale for $10 each at the parade and the advancement association website. The stickers are placed on the route, and if a goat, um, does a No. 2 on a sticker during the parade, the person who bought the sticker could win one of several prizes, including a Leinenkugel Brewing kayak, a private beer tasting for 10 at 3 Sheeps Brewing in Sheboygan, a tour and lunch at Door County Creamery, or a $100 gift certificate from Al Johnson's Butik.

The prize drawing will occur immediately after the parade at the beer garden. The stickers are a fundraiser for Northern Door Food Pantry and First Baptist Church of Sister Bay. 

For various reasons, goats have proliferated in Door County in recent years, but it all started with Al Johnson's, which after a birthday prank between Wink Larson and Al Johnson famously started putting goats on its renowned sod roof in 1973.

Door County Creamery now has over 100 milk-producing goats on its Sister Bay dairy farm, while Al Johnson's keeps several dozen goats on a Sister Bay farm.

After a rough start to the parade's history — the first one, in 2013, saw no goats take part because of inclement weather that included high winds, sleet and snow — attendance along the parade route has grown rapidly every year.

For more information, call 920-854-2812 or visit cometosisterbay.com. To check out the goats on the roof throughout the season, visit the video stream at aljohnsons.com/goat-cam.

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