Goats strike a pose in Lithuanian village

A one-year-old goat wins this year's coveted beauty title in the Lithuanian village of Ramygala.

RAMYGALA (REUTERS) - The Lithuanian village of Ramygala held its annual beauty pageant on Sunday (June 26), the top prize going to a 16-month-old female goat called Demyte, or "Little Spot".

Around 500 people braved the summer heat to attend the parade in honor of the goat, a traditional symbol of the northern village.

The pageant also included a marching band, dancers in fancy costumes and a "king" and "queen" presiding over ceremonies.

It was the first time Demyte's owner, 74-year-old retired veterinarian Ferdinandas Petkevicius, had won the competition after six years of trying.

Six goats decorated with flowers were paraded on a red carpet before a jury comprising the local member of parliament, the head of the local school and a cucumber farmer.

Several contestants stubbornly refused to walk and were instead carried by their owners.

Cakes, jars of honey, books and coupons for a haircut were awarded to winners' owners, before they walked their goats away from a by-then generously stained red carpet.