Legend has it that if you eat goose on Sept. 29th, you will ensure wealth and prosperity for the coming year.
Lock in your luck by visiting the Juniata River Valley this September for the annual Goose Day celebration.
The official list of events and goose dinners is on the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau’s website. The list features something for everyone thanks to the many local businesses who believe in the holiday’s ability to draw visitors, boost the local economy, and instill community pride. The visitors’ bureau is encouraging everyone to call ahead to any restaurant to reserve their goose meal before traveling.
Hardcopies of The List will be available at the Visitors Center in the Historic Courthouse, 1 W. Market St., Lewistown, during office hours and by calling the office at (717) 248-6713. Ongoing details about Goose Day can be found on the Goose Day in the Juniata River Valley Facebook page.
“We will have some photo opportunities with our ‘Top Goose’ themed photo shoot, meet our 20’ tall Mr. Wiggles, and our front porch will be decorated for fall by At the Barnyard Corn Maze,” said Buffie Boyer, communications director for JRVVB. “Make a goosey craft, find out where to eat your lucky bird, and visit with the many Wild Geese art sculptures surrounding Monument Square.”
Seven new Wild Geese sculptures have landed so far this year. As this project, coordinated by Community Partnerships, continues to grow, the online Goose Tracker is updated as quickly as possible. Find it at https://jrvvisitors.com/wild-geese-tracker/ or call 717-248-6713 for a paper copy. A QR code has been placed on each goose to help visitors navigate to all 25 geese.
Other things to look forward to this year:
-Lewistown First Friday on Sept. 2nd is full of goose-themed fun including making your own goose t-shirts, pottery and crafts, a goose puzzle activity, and the “Top Goose” photo shoot.
-Two corn mazes will be hiding geese inside the maze for guests to find.
-Two local artists are hosting crafting events including a goose feather raku demonstration and a gooseneck gourd birdhouse painting workshop.
– Museum Day in the Juniata River Valley returns with 20 locations throughout Mifflin, Juniata, and Huntingdon Counties open for free on Sept. 24th.
– A limited edition line of Goose Day stickers is available at a few retailers, plus the third annual Goose Day postcard, designed by Aimee Hubley, can be purchased and guaranteed to receive the official Goose Day postmark on the 29th.
Returning this year is the Goose Day 5K Run, the Goose Day Road Rally and Goose Day Pumpkin Festival.
Also, new this year, is Merf Radio’s Guess the Silly Goose contest. Details coming soon on that one!
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What exactly is Goose Day?
Carried to the Juniata River Valley by an early settler, this local tradition has been observed in Mifflin and Juniata Counties for more than two centuries.
Legend has it that if you eat goose on St. Michaelmas Day, locally known as Goose Day, you will ensure wealth and prosperity for the coming year.
In recent years, the local holiday has grown from just dining on goose, to a diverse list of activities, sales, special food, and drink offerings that businesses across the two counties will be hosting.
To learn the history of Goose Day visit, click here..