Tobago relies on Facebook to promote goat racing

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Posted: Apr 16, 2011 11:39 AM
Tobago relies on Facebook to promote goat racing

The Caribbean island of Tobago wants your vote _ for a goat.

Every year around Easter, the island hosts a goat race, and tourism officials are using Facebook hoping to drum up more attention for this year's Buccoo Goat Race Festival _ scheduled for April 25-26.

They have launched a Facebook application called "Vote for your Goat." Fans can become virtual jockeys after picking one of 20 goats. The person who ends up with the most "likes" will win a weekend for two on Tobago.

The goat races began in 1925 as a working-class alternative to horse racing. Jockeys in uniforms run barefoot next to tethered goats for about 100 yards (300 feet).

Tobago is part of the nation of Trinidad and Tobago.

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http://www.facebook.com/visittobago