GAMBIER - The 2016 Knox County Goat Improvement Association Goat Banquet Saturday, March 5th, at Kenyon College's Pierce Hall Pub, which is located in the basement of Pierce Hall, 201 College Park Avenue, Gambier, OH 43022. Doors will open at 5:00 p.m. the meal will be served at 5:30. At 6:00 the 2016 Goat Ambassador will be announced along with this years’ service award. The main event this year will be a presentation from Tony Nye of the Clinton County OSU extension office.
Tony’s presentation will be about “What Consumers want…. local, organic and natural goat products” and will specialize on “How to serve the niche goat meat markets”. Tony Nye is the state coordinator for the Ohio State University Extension Small Farm Program and has been an OSU Extension Educator for agriculture and natural resources for 28 years. Tony and his family also own and operate a small livestock farm in Washington Court House, Ohio, raising purebred swine and meat goats.
The Knox County Goat Improvement Association Goat Banquet started in 2010 with their first speaker Author and Agri Dynamics founder Jerry Brunetti. There have been many notable and outstanding speakers such as marketing expert Vernon Bewley, organic farmer Eric Helt and cheesemaker Del Burkholder. Dinner this year will include Mixed Greens with Goat Feta Cheese, Raspberry Vinaigrette and Rolls, Goat Meat Chili and Mediterranean Goat Meatballs, Crackers with Goat Cheese and Assorted Desserts.
The Knox County Goat Improvement Association was formed November 2001 by several Knox County goat breeders and owners. The Mission of Knox County Goat Improvement Association is to support the goat shows at the Knox county Fair and educate the public about goats. Meetings are held 7:00 p.m. the first Monday of the month at the Knox County OSU extension office located at 160 Columbus Road, Mount Vernon, OH.
Tickets are $10, kids 11 and younger $5. Contact the Knox County Goat Improvement Association for ticket information at (740)263-7887 or email [email protected]