In spite of the rainy season, last Saturday, fans pulled out their wide-brim hats, sunglasses and goats, for this year’s edition of the Goat Race at the Speke Commonwealth Resort Munyonyo.
Forget the goats; the event is a chance for Kampala’s socialites to showcase their sense of fashion and convince their hearts that they are headed for a fancy horse race, and not to see goats running.
The show was headlined by Ykee Benda, Lydia Jazmine and Big Trill, all of whom put up good performances. Revellers wore shorts, African prints, maxi skirts and bright-colored sundresses.
The goat race has grown to be more than just entertainment, as proceeds go to charity; this year the money will go to building toilets for slum communities in Kamwokya.
The race had eight courses that featured goats sponsored by different individuals and organisations. Organisations such as Kia Motors, whose goat won the first race, as well as individuals including American embassy publicist Phil Dimon (winner, fourth race) and Patrick ‘Salvado’ Idringi (winner, eighth race), left Munyonyo smiling.
And when there were no more goats to award, organisers also toasted to the Best Dressed Couple, Best Dressed Male/Female, Best Hat, and Best Dressed Child.