So, What is Goose Day?

This local tradition has been observed in the Juniata River Valley for more than two centuries, carried here by an early local settler. Legend has it that if you eat goose on St. Michaelmas Day, you will never want for money all the year round. Believers of this tradition adhere faithfully to this tradition and eat goose every September 29th, thus ensuring wealth and prosperity for the coming year.
St. Michaelmas Day was first declared a festival by Pope Gelasius in the year AD 487. The feast, which always falls on Sept. 29th, honors Saint Michael the Archangel who led God’s war against evil in the biblical book of Revelation.


Commemorative postmark secured for Goose Day 2022

Send postcards to family and friends to spread the fun

LEWISTOWN— A special commemorative pictorial postmark has been designed by Ryan Cherry to provide a unique souvenir to mark this year’s event. The design, which is available ONLY on Goose Day at the Lewistown Post Office, is a unique philatelic item featuring a goose graphic and the text Lewistown Station, Lewistown, PA 17044, Sept. 29, 2022. Stop by the Lewistown Post Office on Sept. 29th and request any of your outgoing mail to be stamped with the Goose Day postmark for free!

As an added bonus, have the postmark stamped on a Goose Day postcard. The pre-stamped postcards, spotlighting artwork by artist Aimee Parsons Hubley, can be purchased in-person starting Sept. 1st at East End Coffee Co. in Lewistown and Reedsville, the Crooked Shelf Bookshop in Lewistown, Friendship Bookstore in Burnham, Yoder’s Tees & More in Belleville, the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau office in Lewistown, and the Mifflintown Farmer’s Market (Sept. 10) for $5. Once purchased, the buyer can fill out the back of the postcard and return the card to the shop owner. On Goose Day, the postcards will be picked up at each location, taken to the Lewistown Post Office where the postmark will be applied before the postcard is mailed.

2022 Goose Day Post Card by Aimee Parsons Hubley

Goose Day Baby Basket

If you are born on Sept. 29th, Goose Day, you may have just hit the jackpot for luck!

Geisinger Lewistown Hospital and the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau will welcome the first baby born on Sept. 29th, Goose Day, with a special welcome basket filled with goose-themed gifts. Join us in welcoming this new lucky bundle of joy!