The 2009 Gävle Goat, which made it to December 23rd. The court also confiscated Jones's cigarette lighter with the argument that he clearly was not able to handle it. The history of the second goat began in 1971 when the Southern Merchants got tired of having their expensive goat vandalised and decided not to build one again. In 1999, he burned only a few hours after he was put up. The Natural Science Club's goat burned down the same night. 1999 Within hours Fire The Southern Merchants' goat was rebuilt again before Lucia. Then Harry Ström, who at that time was the chairman of the Southern Kingstreet Non-profit Organisation, decided to pay the whole cost for the goat out of his own pocket. Even though many countries in Europe share the same Christmas customs, Sweden has a few things that differ from the rest of Europe. Two very drunk teenage children were connected with the crime. Rebuilt again before Lucia. *1999 Burned down only a couple of hours after it was erected. *1973 N/A*1974 Burned. *1973 N/A*1974 Burned. As of 2005 that goat still holds the world record since there have been no further attempts to beat it. The first goat was insured and Ström got all his money back. * In the United States there is an organization called "Goat Watchers" that has a couple of hundred members. The Natural Science Club's goat was burned on the night of 24 December. Every year, with help from the other residents of the village he builds a 12.5 metre (41 ft) goat. It was destroyed and broken into pieces. * The hunt for the arsonist responsible for the goat-burning in 2005 was featured on the weekly Swedish live broadcast TV3's "Most Wanted" ("Efterlyst") on 2005-12-08. The history of the second goat began in 1971 when the Southern Merchants got tired of having their expensive goat vandalised and decided not to build one again. *2001 Goat set on fire on 23 December by Lawrence Jones, a 51-year-old visitor from Cleveland, Ohio, who spent 18 days in jail and was subsequently convicted and ordered to pay 100,000 Swedish kronor in damages. * There is a restaurant in Gävle named "The Burned Goat" (Brända Bocken), which features the timeline for the Gävle Goat on their web site. [cite web|url=http://www.indek.kth.se/burningbock.htm|title=Burning Bock|publisher=Sven Bergvall and Jacob Östberg ] * In the mid-1980s, Gunnar Hedman, from the village of Rödänge in Österfärnebo, Gästrikland decided he was going to build his own goat. * When "USA Today" reported the burning of the Gävle goat on 2005-12-04, [cite news|work=USA Today|url=http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2005-12-04-christmas-goat_x.htm|title=Vandals burn giant Christmas straw goat in Sweden, again|date=2005-12-04|author=The Associated Press] it was side by side with the trial of Saddam Hussein and other top headlines. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours. 2000 Burnt down a couple of days before New Year’s Eve. Before the police arrived on the scene the man climbed down and disappeared. A student organisation, the Natural Science Club (Naturventeskapliga Föreningen:NF) of the School of Vasa then decided to build their own goat. cite news|title=The goat is burning!|language=Swedish|publisher=Dagens Nyheter|date=2003-12-12|url=http://www.dn.se/DNet/road/Classic/article/0/jsp/print.jsp?&a=213592 ] The 3rd and 4th of December, 2005 was, thus far, the most violent weekend for public Yule Goats around Sweden. *1984 Burned down on December 12th, the night before Lucia. In 1971, the Southern Merchants became so fed up with the continual burning of their goats, that for 15 years they stopped building them and the task was taken up by the Natural Science Club of the School of Vasa. [ cite web|title=Gävle Goat Blog|url=http://www.merjuligavle.se/merjuligavle/mjig_sida.aspx?id=147 ] tatistics :Number of goats built includes goats rebuilt after an initial burning. Officially the city says that it does not support the burnings. Their goat was much smaller, around 2 m (6 ft), and not nearly as expensive as the goat normally built by the Southern Merchants, but it was appreciated by the citizens of Gävle, which was the intention of the students from the beginning. [ cite news|title=The unburnable goat says thanks|publisher=Arbetarbladet|language=Swedish|url=http://www.arbetarbladet.se/local_article.php?id=476327&avdelning_1=101&avdelning_2=101|date=2007-01-03 ] *2007 According to the Southern Merchant's goat, his little brother – the Natural Science Club's goat – was toppled on 13 December. *1993 Once more the goat was featured in the Guinness Book of Records. The Natural Science Club's goat holds the world record for the largest Yule Goat, but since 1994 the Southern Merchants' goats have been larger and had more publicity afforded them. Topic: Gävle Goat Watch, featuring goat lover Gerry Attrick ... 1997 – Besides smaller damages caused by fireworks, the goat was unharmed. Jones stated in court that he is no "goat burner", and believed that he was taking part in a completely legal goat-burning tradition. * Sven Bergvall and Jacob Östberg's videography "Burning Bock" (2005) won the "peoples choice" award at the 2005 Association for Consumer Research (ACR) conference and film festival in San Antonio, Texas, USA. [ cite news|title=Gävle Goat gets hacked|language=Swedish|publisher=Aftonbladet|date=2004-11-27|url=http://www.aftonbladet.se/vss/nyheter/story/0,2789,567577,00.html ] One year when they had guards posted around the goat the temperature dropped way below zero. The perpetrator, who was from Hofors, Gästrikland, was found and convicted of vandalism. The Natural Science Club's goat burned down the same night. The goat received only minor damage. Reconstructed on 5 December. The Natural Science Club's goat got tossed in the Gävle river. Rebuilt to be standing before the 550th anniversary of Gävle county. The Gävlebocken ( Gävle Goat) is 13 meters (42.6 feet) high, seven meters long, and weighs 3.6 tonnes. [cite web|url=http://www.indek.kth.se/burningbock.htm|title=Burning Bock|publisher=Sven Bergvall and Jacob Östberg ] * In the mid-1980s, Gunnar Hedman, from the village of Rödänge in Österfärnebo, Gästrikland decided he was going to build his own goat. [cite web|url=http://www.indek.kth.se/burningbock.htm|title=Burning Bock|publisher=Sven Bergvall and Jacob Östberg ] * In the mid-1980s, Gunnar Hedman, from the village of Rödänge in Österfärnebo, Gästrikland decided he was going to build his own goat. In 1997 the goat survived with minimal damage by fireworks. 10,000 people turned out for the inauguration of one of the goats. Due to the positive reaction their Yule Goat received that year, they built another one the following year and from then on. The Pewdstersund Goat in 2004. *1979 The goat was burnt even before it was erected. *1981 Nothing happened. To everybody's surprise their goat only measured 10.5 m (34½ ft) when completed. The creator of the original 1966 goat, Stig Gavlén, thought that the Natural Science Club's goat had unfairly won the title of the largest Yule Goat because the goat was not as attractive as the Southern Merchants' goat and the neck was overly long. The goat was rebuilt and put up again by the time of St. Lucy’s day. Their little goat was kicked to pieces. The Yule Goat is one of the oldest Scandinavian and Northern European Yule and Christmas symbols and traditions. As of 2005 that goat still holds the world record since there have been no further attempts to beat it. An advertising consultant, Stig Gavlén, came up with the idea of making a giant version of the traditional Swedish Yule Goat and placing it in the square. The strange history of the Gävle Goat began in 1966. Recently the so-called "Goat Committee" have had a plan for a backup goat. [4] [5] The Gävle Goat of 2003. [19][20], The Christmas season of 2006 marked the 40th anniversary of the Gävle Goat, and, on Sunday 3 December, the city held a large celebration in honor of the goat. The perpetrator of the three attacks was caught and sent to jail. * When "USA Today" reported the burning of the Gävle goat on 2005-12-04, [cite news|work=USA Today|url=http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2005-12-04-christmas-goat_x.htm|title=Vandals burn giant Christmas straw goat in Sweden, again|date=2005-12-04|author=The Associated Press] it was side by side with the trial of Saddam Hussein and other top headlines. [24][25], Since 1986 there have been two Yule Goats built in Gävle: the Gävle Goat by the Southern Merchants and the Yule Goat built by the Natural Science Club of the School of Vasa. The big goat got burned down the night before Christmas Eve. S Eve Europe share the same Christmas customs, Sweden has a couple of members! 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