Beekman duo mum on 'Amazing' finish
Large turnout expected for finale party
SHARON SPRINGS Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell are contractually sworn to secrecy.
Months ago, when they returned from competing in the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race,” the Sharon Springs couple couldn’t tell their closest friends or co-workers how they placed.
“When they got back, Brent said, ‘Please don’t even ask us how we did because we signed our lives away,’ ” employee Maria Vought recounted. “It’s for the best. I have a terrible poker face anyway.”
Millions watched Sunday night as the small-town, goat-farming duo sprinted to a third-place finish in the 10th leg of the competition, clinching their spot in next week’s $2 million finale despite Kilmer-Purcell’s injured ankle.
Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell operate the Beekman 1802 farm in western Schoharie County, raising goats and selling goat’s milk soaps, other skin-care products and decor at Beekman Mercantile in Sharon Springs.
Vought and the other shop workers are still in the dark, even as the finale draws near.
“It’s exciting,” said Megan Holken, who manages the Beekman shop, “I host an ‘Amazing Race’ party every Sunday night. We had a packed house for the last episode.”
All the locals are invited, and while the couple is considered “new” to the area, their neighbors have come out in droves. Most gatherings totaled about 50 area fans, often including Ridge and Kilmer-Purcell themselves.
“We had 120 for the premiere,” Holken said, “and we’ll have at least that this Sunday.”
She expects a dramatic end to the show’s 21st season with her bosses racing three other teams to the finish line.
The two are now farmers but are used to the public eye. According their website, Ridge, a physician, appeared several times on the Martha Stewart Show as “Dr. Brent” and Kilmer-Purcell is a successful writer.
The two also star in their own reality TV show, “The Fabulous Beekman Boys,” which chronicles their adjustment from life in the big city to small-town upstate.
Holken said it’s been getting excellent reviews and will probably get picked up by the Cooking Channel for a third season.
Sales at Beekman Mercantile increased during the show’s run and the Sharon Springs Victorian Holiday Celebration on Saturday brought in fans from across the nation.
“The Amazing Race” finale will run at 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS.