Is there a repairman in the house?
The cute-o-meter might have exploded Saturday at the Amish Farm and House’s Goat Baby Shower and Goat-A-Thon.
Visitors could greet a dozen or so resident babies and meet some expectant moms (does) at the event, which takes place on the 15-acre farm, surprisingly tucked away beside Target on Route 30 East.
The baby shower was the brainchild of Jamie Burkhart and Mikayla Horst, social media and events coordinators at the Amish Farm and House.
“We were joking around in the back office, and we said we were about to have a bunch of baby goats. Why don’t we have a baby shower?’’ Burkhart says. “Everyone laughed and said no.’’
But Burkhart and Horst were not to be stopped.
The same thing happened last year, when the two came up with the idea of hosting goat yoga at the farm.
It made sense to the pair. After all, the goats are permanent residents at the farm. They are part of its educational mission. What better way to introduce folks to both the animals and the facility itself.
“Fun fact: Our boss said, ‘If you can sell 100 tickets, I’ll do goat yoga myself,’ ’’ Burkhart says.
“We sold out that first weekend and over that whole summer we had over 1,800 people come to goat yoga.’’
Careful what you say.
But what exactly is goat yoga?
“It’s basically like a regular yoga class except there are a bunch of baby pygmy goats running around,’’ Horst says.
“It’s a human playground for them. Sometimes if people are close together, they’ll hop from person to person.’’
So basically, participants are doing beginner’s yoga, while tiny hoofs might be jumping on their backs.
But in this yoga class, nobody will care if you decide to simply sit and play with the goats, the women say. Stress relief takes many forms.
This weekend’s Baby Shower and Goat-A-Thon is a way to introduce the farm’s goat yoga season.
But this baby shower is a bit different than the human variety.
“Instead of bringing something for the mothers, we decided to make this a community fundraiser,’’ Horst says. And since it is a baby shower, the two thought it appropriate to bring in nonprofits that were primarily geared to help women and children, but an animal rescue seemed appropriate, as well.
All proceeds benefit the following organizations:
The facility’s 15 acres will be open during the event, and guests are free to wander the grounds and join such yard games as spike ball, volleyball and corn hole.
There also will be baby shower games, face painting, a baby goat photo booth by MAB Photography (a not-to-miss option, according to the women), chicken barbecue, cupcakes and cookies, and giveaways.
Some events are free with admission. Others request a suggested donation to benefit the represented nonprofit organizations. (Cash is preferred for activities.) Food is available for purchase.
At the very least, the day promises to be filled with lots of “awwws.’’
“This honestly was like a joke that started, and now we feel so invested,’’ Burkhart says.
“Invested and so excited that we can help the community and bring people out,’’ Horst adds.
“A community fundraiser, a baby shower and a day filled with goats. Nothing could be better.’’