Goat-Milking at The Rodeo, 2008!

There’s always a lot of trash-talking leading up the annual goat-milking contest at the rodeo. This year I caught win that Dana Tyson from Sunny 99.1FM “was bringing cheerleaders.” Since this was clearly an abuse of the rules, I emailed her on it. Dana quickly responded and told me what the cheering was all about.

The story goes back to 2005, when a kid from Deer Park named Palmer McInnis auctioned a pink goat for $11,00 at the Pasadena Stock Show to raise money for The Rose, an organization that helps uninsured women get cancer treatment. He did it in honor of his step-mother who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier that year. Palmer lost his step-mother not long after the show. The following year, Palmer wanted to match the previous donation, but he had a losing goat. Palmer figured he’d be lucky to get $500 this time around. He got a little more than that. Would you believe $115,000? Here’s how The Rose describes Palmer’s amazing story.

Because of Palmer’s generosity, The Rose created a special program called The Pink Goat Society. I had the honor of meeting Palmer, his Dad, and a dozen or so of Palmer’s fans — the folks who support his effort. I told his Dad, “You’ve got one amazing kid.” He graciously thanked me for the generic compliment — that’s all I could come up with, “amazing kid.” “But you probably hear that a lot, huh?” I asked him. “I never get tired of hearing it,” he said. Despite my losing performance in the contest, what a year to cheer!

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One Response

  1. LAUREN,
    I ALWAYS WONDERED WHY YOU ARE
    SO GOOD AT YOUR JOB. NOW I KNOW
    ANYONE WHO WAS RAISED IN THE PANHANDLE CAN HANDLY DO WHAT NEEDS
    TO BE DONE.I WAS BORN IN LELA TX
    5 MILES WEST OF SHAMROCK ON THE OLD 66 HIGHWAY IN 1932 KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

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