On the Scene at Goat Days Festival

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Just got back from the International Goat Days Festival in Millington.

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Bobby Archer Sr. (left) of Smokin' Goat Cookers put the goat on his massive, custom-designed grill at 3:30 a.m. this morning. He and teammate Frank Turner (right) have been cooking together for more than 20 years.

I asked him what goat tastes like. "It's hard to explain," he said. "It's pretty good eatin'."

Archer used to buy his goats from the late Babe Howard, the founder of the festival.

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TNT Smokers (Tim Ammons, Tim Theisen, and Daryl Hele) didn't compete in the goat-cooking contests. Instead, they prepared chicken, pork shoulder and ribs, and brisket.

The Goat Days contests are judged using Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) standards. Ammons said the two big differences between KCBS-style judging and Memphis-style judging is that KCBS entries are not judged inside the competitors' tents and that Kansas City barbecue is spicier.

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These pork rinds were prepared on-site.

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There was a crowd at this vendor. The sweet-potato chips were the draw.

Goat Days closes tonight at 10 p.m.

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