On Sunday 27 August we will host the annual Feral Goat Show in the Outdoor Museum. This pedigree show is organized by the North-Holland branch of the National Association of Dutch Feral Goat Breeders. Male and female lambs, 18-month old bucks and does as well as adult animals are inspected by qualified judges.
Apart from the inspection, there is also room in the all-day programme for a beauty contest. The winners in the categories buck and doe lambs, 18-month old bucks and does, and adult animals will return home with a cup.
For centuries the Dutch feral goat was crucial to the image of the goat stock in our country. The breed is well adapted to our climate. Due to excessive crossbreeding with more productive foreign breeds, the Dutch feral goat was on the verge of extinction. In the fifties of the last century only a few animals were left. From that time onwards, however, an increasingly large group of enthusiastic breeders has saved the breed from extinction. At present some two thousand female and two hundred male goats are registered in the Association's pedigree herd book.
The Zuiderzee Museum aims to keep crafts alive and this season they receive even more attention within the context of the central theme Handmade. In the Outdoor Museum, visit the workshops of the fish smoker, sailmaker, ropemaker, netmaker, smith, cooper, stoker and basket weaver. Find out how it is that even today their craftsmanship is of great value and get to work on these trades yourself! In a pavilion designed especially for this year, you can set to work with typical Zuiderzee materials. Discover your creative talents and artisanal qualities. A great experience!
The Museum ferry will take you on the IJsselmeer to the Outdoor Museum, where you can make a walk through history. Go for a stroll on the cobbled streets along more than 140 authentic dwellings, shops and workshops from villages round the former Zuiderzee including a chapel and a fish smoking shed. Give craftsmen in the Marken harbour a hand making nets, make a rope in the special workshop, give the housemaid a hand or have a chat with the Urk 'residents'. On the city canal there is a dressing-up chest with colourful traditional costumes that the children can put on. Join the family in a 1920s household for a meal or tuck into a lovely fresh-smoked fish.
A number of presentations offers modern interpretations of traditional techniques, materials and themes, such as Richard Hutten's Zuiderzee Chair in the chapel.