Life of the Party

Goats are the star attractions at children’s birthday parties.

Life of the Party
Add to Favorites Reading Time: 4 minutes Jodi Helmer   Mary Bowen started taking a LaMancha goat named Nadia to the farmers market in the Sunderland, Maryland, to draw attention to her booth where she sold goat meat, cheese, ice cream, and raw milk from her farm, Prosperity Acres.   Nadia was a hit.  While children nuzzled the docile goat, parents asked Bowen if she rented Nadia (or any of the other goats in her herd of LaMancha, Alpine, Boer, or Kiko goats she raised at Prosperity Acres) for birthday parties. The repeated requests sparked an idea.    “We started with one birthday party to see how it would go and it was so much fun to watch the kids interact with each other and the goats,” Bowen recalls. “That one birthday party turned into, ‘We should do this more often,’ and it grew from there.”  Bowen started offering birthday parties in 2014. The one-hour events include storytime

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