Canine and goat serving as mayor increase cash for a playground

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. (AP) – A goat and dog, each elected mayor, helped raise money to renovate a playground in Vermont.

The strange idea of ​​holding mayoral elections to raise money for the renovation of the playground and to get the local children involved came from a local city administrator.

In 2018, the residents of Fair Haven elected Lincoln to goat as honorary mayor. Lincoln helped raise about $ 10,000 while current Mayor Murfee, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, raised $ 20,000, Town Manager Joe Gunter told the Rutland Herald. The city brought in another $ 20,000.

Murfee’s owner, Linda Barker, said when she was persuaded to include Murfee in politics, she thought it was easy to raise money through t-shirts. Then the pandemic struck.

So she switched to masks. She made nearly 1,000 of them and will be doing another round of them for Valentine’s Day. She raised more than $ 5,000 from the masks and a similar amount from basket raffles.

The city recently received a $ 50,000 grant from the Federal Fund for Land and Water Conservation, she said.

Ironically, the honorary mayor is not welcome on the playground. Barker said there is a “no dogs allowed” sign.

“Murfee will take on the city,” Barker said with a chuckle on Sunday. “He’ll deny that.”

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