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Central Park Used to Host Goat Beauty Contests

03.19.13 Samer Kalaf

Earlier today, the New York Times shared photos of a fun activity held in Central Park in the 1930s: Goat beauty contests. The pageants were held so that the Brewers Board of Trade could choose a poster goat for their bock beer advertisements.

One of the contest’s winners was Pretzels-yes, the goat’s name was Pretzels-who, according to the article, had “magnificent swirling horns, a long, sagacious beard and a relatively sweet disposition.” Pretzels must have made all the nannies swoon.

We should definitely bring these goat contests back, by the way. They’d be a huge hit.

(Photo: VinOnD40/Flickr + Photoshop)