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Peggy, a three-legged goat, beat out Dax, the only repeat champion in the 12-year history of the annual Bock Fest & Goat Race at Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville, on Sunday May 1, to earn the distinction of having the 2011 Maibock bear her name.

Peggy is owned and was run by Colin Presby, a brewer at Weyerbacher Brewing Co. in Easton. Her left rear leg was amputated after she suffered a major injury when she was a kid. She raced at Phoenixville for the first time last year and became a crowd favorite and her fame rose to folk hero status on the Sly Fox Facebook page in the weeks building up to the race. That made her the perfect counterpoint to Dax and owner/handler Karl Lorah, who had turned himself something of a villain the last two years by flaunting his allegiance to the New York Giants in front of a crowd of mostly Philadelphia Eagle fans.

It seemed highly improbable that Peggy could win, but that's why they run the race, isn't it?

Sly Fox New LocationThe three-year old pygmy-mix beat out Dax by a stride at the finish line in the championship heat when the two-time champion stumbled and the massive crowd chanted her name (accompanied by an almost equally loud "Giants Suck!" chant).
Watch her amazing victory here.

There were 50 goats in the field on a beautiful, sunny day, the largest number of entrants to date, and they competed before a record Bock Fest crowd. The event is held on the first Sunday of May every year and the Sly Fox Maibock, released that day and tapped at the end of the championship heat, is named in honor of the winning entry. In addition to that honor and a personal Gold Medal, the winning goat earns his owner a $75 gift card good at both Sly Fox locations, Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville and Sly Fox Brewery and Restaurant in Royersford.

Photo credits: Jack Curtin, Ryan Macchione & James Green
Video Credit: Jesse Ruser

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