(Updated) Sly Fox goat race move revealed at Pottstown meeting

2013 Sly Fox Goat races champion Simon, a three-legged goat, and Christina Vittoria. Photo by Heather Tyrell
Photo of Jixxer finishing first at the 2014 Sly Fox Goat Race in East Pikeland. Photo courtesy of Heidi Evans

(Updated 3:30 p.m.) POTTSTOWN — If Jixxer hopes to repeat as Sly Fox Goat Race champion or Spartacus wins legitimately, that may have to be done in Pottstown, not East Pikeland, next year.

Discussing approvals for temporary events on an agenda for a committee of the whole meeting of Pottstown’s borough council Wednesday night, Borough Manager Mark Flanders outlined requests for overflow parking made by Sly Fox Brewing Company.

One event already announced which will require the parking is the outdoor concert event, Can Jam, Sept. 27.

“In addition, on Sunday, May 3, 2015, Sly Fox will be bringing their annual Bockfest Goat Races to Pottstown at the same facility on the Circle of Progress,” said Flanders.

“Nice,” someone in the audience whispered as Flanders spoke.

However, Thursday afternoon, Tim Ohst, brewery operations manager at Sly Fox, said no official decision has been made about moving the Bockfest and its attached goat races.

He called discussions of a move within the company “hypothetical.”

“The borough’s been great to work with ever since we moved here,” said Ohst. “We’ve secured overflow parking for other events in the past.”

Sly Fox reportedly let borough officials in Pottstown know several weeks ago of plans to move the annual spring Bockfest to Pottstown’s Circle of Progress from its traditional location at the brew pub along Route 113.

Following Wednesday’s meeting, Flanders said he couldn’t comment further on the potential Bockfest move.

After this year’s event, East Pikeland Township Manager Kimberly Moretti said she and township officials spoke with Sly Fox.

“We expressed some concerns the township had and told them they should consider some alternate locations,” for the Bockfest moving forward, she said.

Those concerns centered around crowd control and the amount of drinking at the event, according to Moretti.

“It’s just such a crush and there’s not a lot of parking available,” she said.

Additionally, Moretti said there were concerns about those who went to the Bockfest walking on Route 113.

“We didn’t tell them they had to move,” Moretti said, adding she hadn’t heard anything about a move of the event.

East Pikeland Police were working with Sly Fox on the Bockfest, Moretti said, but they also were not aware of a move.

“It doesn’t affect us one way or another if they move,” said East Pikeland Police Sgt. Susette Wilson.

No approval vote took place Wednesday night since it was only a committee of the whole meeting. That will likely come Monday night, when council meets again.

Caroline Sweeney contributed to this story.

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POTTSTOWN — If Jixxer hopes to repeat as Sly Fox Goat Race champion or Spartacus wins legitimately, it appears that it will have to be done in Pottstown, not East Pikeland, next year.

Sly Fox Brewing Co. has let borough officials in Pottstown know of plans to move the annual spring Bockfest to Pottstown’s Circle of Progress from its traditional location at the brew pub along Route 113.

On the agenda for a committee of the whole meeting of Pottstown’s Borough Council Wednesday night was a request from Sly Fox to use borough property both Sept. 27, 2014 and May 3, 2015.

Borough Manager Mark Flanders said Sly Fox’s annual Pottstown event, the Can Jam, which features bands at its Circle of Progress campus, is scheduled to take place Sept. 27 and Sly Fox requested to use borough property for overflow parking.

“In addition, on Sunday, May 3, 2015, Sly Fox will be bringing their annual Bockfest Goat Races to Pottstown at the same facility on the Circle of Progress,” said Flanders.

“Nice,” someone in the audience whispered as Flanders spoke.

Sly Fox was requesting to use borough land for overflow parking for that event as well.

No vote took place since it was only a committee of the whole meeting. A vote would most likely be taken Monday night.

Flanders said he couldn’t comment further on Sly Fox bringing the Bockfest to Pottstown, but that they’d recently come to the borough with their plans to move the event.

Since the news broke late Wednesday night, Sly Fox officials were not available for comment.

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