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Goat-inspired fun in Spokane

The Garbage Goat, one of Spokane’s most beloved public art sculptures, has been “eating” trash and small bits of litter in Spokane since 1974. Photo credit: Christina Butcher

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Nowhere is there a city as enamored with goats as Spokane, Washington. We're not just talking "bah bah bah" goats, we're talking garbage-eating goats, goats doing yoga, goat-inspired breweries, goat namesakes ... goats doing everything. They've run amok. And since we're never one to spoil the party, we thought we'd dive into Spokane's "goaty" possibilities while we have the chance.

The Garbage Goat

This steel, garbage-eating goat sculpture is one of Spokane's most beloved pieces of public art. It was crafted in 1974 by Sister Paula Turnbull to creatively reduce littering at the World Fair. To the delight of tourists and residents alike, the Garbage Goat sucks small bits of trash right out of your hand and into its mouth via a vacuum-powered suction mechanism. All one needs to do to bring it to life is press a small button on the wall behind it, then presto! - the Garbage Goat awakes and happily whisks away the paper trash crumpled in your palm. You can find the Garbage Goat in Spokane's Riverfront Park, tucked into a man-made rock alcove near the Looff Carousel.

Riverfront Park, open daily, 5 a.m. to midnight, 507 N. Howard St., Spokane, 509.625.6600,

Iron Goat Brewing 

Although not as whimsical as the Garbage Goat, Iron Goat Brewery celebrates the goat motif just as hard. The brewery is located in a historic building in downtown Spokane. It features house brews with goat-themed names, the infamous Garbage Goat as mascot and a general love for goat art that extends to its tap handles, signage, labels and wall art. More importantly, the brewery has crafted more than 150 beers since opening and currently features a Goatmeal Stout, Head Butt IPA, Bleating Red Ale and Gruff Goats Tripel on tap. It also has a hefty lineup of seasonal beers ready for your enjoyment. 

Iron Goat Brewing Company, open daily, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., 1302 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane, 509.474.0722,

Goat yoga 

This is exactly what it sounds like. You can get your yoga on while baby goats romp around (and on) you at Fat Girl Yoga in Spokane. The baby goats, or kids, hail from Happy Heart Homestead and have made appearances at Fat Girl Yoga two summers in a row. This summer, kids Chocolate, Vanilla and Butterscotch will visit Fat Girl Yoga every Saturday through June 16. The special goat yoga class sizes - along with the kids - are small and a bit pricey at $35 a pop, but a portion of the proceeds goes back to Happy Heart Homestead to care for the youngins.

Goat Yoga at Fat Girl Yoga, 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturdays, through June 16, 1512 N. Monroe St., Spokane, 520.444.6020,

The Flying Goat 

If you prefer a little more distance between yourself and your furry friends, you can always sit down for a meal at The Flying Goat. This neighborhood eatery and bar specializes in Neapolitan-style artisan pizza and craft beer. The Flying Goat was named in honor of a mysterious friendship among owners and is reminiscent of neighborhood pubs in England, Ireland and Scotland. Like true goats, the owners of The Flying Goat didn't let a single thing go to waste during construction of the eatery. Much of the building's materials were salvaged and repurposed from days long past in efforts to cultivate sustainability. 

The Flying Goat, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 3318 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane, 509.327.8277

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