Here's what you missed at the 2023 Goose Day celebration.
Come back September 1st, 2024, for the official Goose Day list.
Tradition states that if you eat goose on September 29, you’ll never want for money all the year round. Who wouldn’t want that?
Call Ahead!! Reserve your lucky goose now. Many places sell out fast.
Sept. 29- Hungry Run Wine Bar & Bistro, 10042 U.S. Highway 522 S., Lewistown. Goose & waffle dinner. Lunch & dinner service. While supplies last. Reservations not required. 717-268-9071.
Sept. 29- Reedsville Fire Co., 7748 State Route 655, Reedsville. Goose dinners. Open at 11 a.m. until sold out. Eat-in or take-out. Pre-orders welcome. 717-667-6110.
Sept. 29- Bread of Life Restaurant, 30644 Route 35 N., McAlisterville. Goose dinners. Serving starts at 10:30 a.m. While supplies last. Reservations recommended. 717-463-2838.
Sept. 29- Michele’s OIP & Pizzeria, 100 S. Main St., Reedsville. Goose dinners or hot goose sandwich. Serving starts at noon. Reservations recommended. While supplies last. 717-667-9496.
Sept. 29- The Auxiliary of Decatur Fire Company, 4277 US Highway 522 N., Lewistown (Alfarata). Goose or chicken dinners. Goose or chicken bowls. Pre-orders for take-out ONLY. Pick up time is 1-5 p.m. Order by Sept. 20th. 717-543-0921.
Sept. 29- Honey Creek Inn, 4698 Old US Highway 322, Reedsville. Goose dinners. Serving from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. while supplies last. Pre-orders welcome. 717-667-2314.
Sept. 29- Heritage Family Restaurant, 118 E. Main St., Allensville. Goose dinners. 717-483-0067.
Sept. 29- Sal-Lee’s Dream Restaurant, 8585 U.S. Highway 522, Lewistown. Meals available for lunch and dinner. Eat-in or take-out. Take-out reservations are accepted. While supplies last. 717-248-2248.
Sept. 29- Cora’s Creekside Tavern, 206 W. Freedom Ave., Burnham. Goose dinners. Dine-in or take-out. While supplies last. Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 717-242-0100.
Sept. 29- Red’s Diner, 878 U.S. Highway 522, Lewistown. Goose dinners. Serving at 11 a.m. While supplies last. 717-248-7967.
Sept. 29- Kountry Kitchen, 6052 U.S. Highway 522, McVeytown. Goose dinners. Serving at 10 a.m. Dine-in or take-out. Reservations highly recommended. 717-899-6771.
Sept. 29- Wingman Brew N Que, 9074 U.S. Highway 522 S., Lewistown. Goose dinners. 717-363-8812.
Sept. 29- Juniata Junction, 5813 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown. Goose dinners. Dine-in or take-out. While supplies last. 717-436-6401.
Sept. 29-30- County Line Restaurant, 14206 Route 35, Richfield. Roast goose dinners. Serving starts at 11 a.m. Eat-in or take-out. While supplies last. 717-694-3535.
Sept. 25-Oct. 1- The Honker sandwich. The Old Mill Coffeehouse, 14264 PA-35, Richfield. Enjoy The Honker- BBQ Goose, Swiss cheese, and coleslaw. 717-694-3292.
Sept. 28-Oct. 1- Chili Con Ganso. Shy Bear Brewing, 35 Meadowbrook Lane, Lewistown. Chili Con Ganso will be sold individually or as a topper for loaded chili cheese tots. 717-242-2663.
Sept. 29- Goose noodle soup. The Square Café & Bakery, 10 W. Market St., Lewistown. 717-363-4149.
Sept. 29- Goose pizza. Downtown OIP & Grille, 24 E. Market St., Lewistown. 717-248-4600.
Sept. 29- Chili Ginger Goose Tacos & Loaded Goose Baked Potato. The Nook, 15 E. Market St., Lewistown. Served from 5-9 p.m. Take out only. 717-547-9236.
Sept. 29-30- Goose poutine. The Reedsville Creamery Ice Cream stand, 19 S. Main St., Reedsville. 717-547-5676.
What do blackberries have to do with Goose Day?
Goose Day is the American version of Michaelmas, a Christian festival observed on September 29. It honors Archangel Michael for defeating Satan in the war in heaven. It is said that when St. Michael threw the devil from heaven, he fell from the skies and landed in a prickly blackberry bush. Satan cursed the fruit so that they would be unfit for eating. Folklore suggests that Michaelmas Day is the last day to eat blackberries.
All month- Golden Goose sundae. Twin Kiss, 245 Shaw Ave., Lewistown.
Sept. 25-29- Goose Day candy bars. Asher’s Chocolates, 19 E. Susquehanna Ave., Lewistown store.
Sept. 25-30- Chocolate Goose lollipops. Mifflin County Library, 123 N. Wayne St., Lewistown. $2 donation to benefit the library.
Sept. 25-30- Blackberry Lemon Ricotta pancakes. The Nook, 15 E. Market St., Lewistown.
Sept. 28-30- Blackberry loaded shake. Whitehall General Store, 2517 PA-655, Belleville. Blackberry shake with blackberry cheesecake topping. Check the bottom of your cup, if you have a Goose Day sticker on the bottom, you win a free shake!
Sept. 29- Free scoop of ice cream with pie. Spruce Hill Lunch, 21769 Route 75 S., Port Royal.
Sept. 29- Decorate your own goose-shaped cookies. The Square Café & Bakery, 10 W. Market St., Lewistown.
Sept. 29- Goose poop. Vince’s Pizza, 311 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham. Goose poop chocolate candies.
Sept. 29- Goose Day sugar cookies. Batter & Dough Bakeshop at East End Coffee Co. 18 E. Market St., Lewistown. They will also have a Goose Day themed photo opportunity available.
Sept. 29- Blackberry oatmeal cookies, Blackberry crumb cake and Blackberry cupcakes. The Nook, 15 E. Market St., Lewistown. Served from 5-9 p.m. Take out only.
Sept. 29- Goose Egg Donut. Find them at all Dunkin’ locations: Lewistown, Burnham, and Reedsville.
All month- Tears of the Goose Wine. Brookmere Winery, 5369 PA-655, Belleville. Brookmere is celebrating their 40th year of making Tears of the Goose wine.
All month- Golden Goose Latte. East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown and 13 S. Main St., Reedsville location. Made with brown sugar, honey and prosperity.
Starting Sept. 7- Blackberry Sage Kombucha. Homestead Cultures. Kombucha is available at Taste of the Valley, East End Coffee Co., The Square Café & Bakery, Wildflower Café, Schlegels, Van Wert Country Store, Hostetler’s Country Market, and The Reedsville Creamery.
Sept. 24-Oct. 1- Rhubarb Wine special. Hawstone Hollow Winery, 11 Hawstone Rd., Lewistown. Rhubarb wine 2/$20.
Sept. 25-Oct. 1- Five Signature Goose Day drinks. The Old Mill Coffeehouse, 14264 PA-35, Richfield. Check out these unique Goose Day drinks: Shake Your Tail Feathers, Loose Goose, Silly Goose Juice, Talk to Me Goose, and Goose Bumps.
Sept. 27-30- Blackberry Sangria + Blackberry Merlot. Seven Mountains Winery, 6 N. Main St., Reedsville.
Sept. 28-29- Blackberry Fizz cocktail & Blackberry Vodka sale. Hungry Run Distillery, 10 Ridens Rd., Lewistown. Blackberry Fizz cocktail for $6. Blackberry Vodka is 10% off.
Sept. 29- Goose Spice Latte + Goose Frappe. Guante Café, 551 Main St., McAlisterville.
Sept. 29- Blackberry Lemonade. The Nook, 15 E. Market St., Lewistown. Served from 5-9 p.m. Take out only.
Sept. 29-Blackberry slushie special. Royal Beverage, 5530 William Penn Highway, Mifflintown.
Sept. 29- Goose & Juice. Cora’s Creekside Tavern, 206 W. Freedom Ave., Burnham. $6 Grey Goose and any juice mix.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1- Goose Day cocktails + Goose Island IPA. JP Edwards Grill & Bar, 203 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1- Wine slushie special. Burnt Timbers Winery, 45 Fisher Bee Ln., Granville. Every patron that mentions Goose Day or wears Goose Day attire, will receive a free wine slushie.
All month- Honk as you drive by the flock of geese on display at Eddie’s Tires at 1239 W. 4th St., Lewistown.
Sept. 25-29- North Shore Railroad Goose Day magnet. Watch for the magnet on the side of the locomotive as it travels daily from the Lewistown Train Station or along the track in downtown Lewistown.
Sept. 29- Start Here on Goose Day. Kick off your Goose Day celebration at the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau office, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m., 1 W. Market St., Lewistown. Guests will be greeted by our 20-foot-tall Mr. Wiggles on the sidewalk and our 1950s inspired Goose Lightning photo shoot will be set up by the Embassy Theater. Come inside to find out where to head for more Goose Day fun at our local businesses.
Sept. 29- Goose Day Happy Hour. 6-9 p.m., Brookmere Winery, Route 655, Belleville. Live music by Phoebe Logic, goosie Hors d’oevres, and drink specials. Tickets may be purchased at brookmerewine.com.
Sept. 29- Sing for the Fight: Goose Day Karaoke. 7-10 p.m., Shy Bear Brewing, 35 Meadowbrook Lane, Lewistown. Sing for the Fight event will benefit the Bob Perks Cancer Assistance Fund. Goose Day-themed menu items will be available. Prizes will be awarded for the best Goose Day-themed outfit and best Goose Day-themed song choice.
Sept. 29- Moon Dragon Gooseapalooza and jammy jam & MTG Drafting Silly Goose Draft Game. noon-11 p.m., 25 W. Market St., Lewistown. Build your own lucky goose pouch, golden goose egg discounts, and additional vendor displays. Silly Goose Draft game for the Magic the Gathering players. Tickets for the game can be found on their event page or moondragonden.com.
Sept. 29- Lucky Friday. 5-9 p.m., downtown Lewistown. Various musicians will be performing throughout downtown, plus there will be plenty of vendors. Food trucks and local restaurants will be serving all types of food.
Sept. 29- Goose Day Drone Light Show. 9:30 p.m., downtown Lewistown. The Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau is sponsoring the area’s first drone light show. 200 illuminated and synchronized drones will light up the sky with 3-D images. Viewing areas include Rec Park, Mifflin County Middle School, and downtown Lewistown parking lots.
Sept. 29- Goose Day with DJ Duane. 7-11 p.m., Rosie’s Bar & Grill 224, 224 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham. Music requests welcome.
Sept. 29-30- Goose Day + Annual Customer Appreciation Weekend. 5 p.m., Friday; all day, Saturday, LoveTwo Farm Store, 417 Smokey Hollow Road, East Waterford. A live goose will be on display for the weekend in addition to barn yard games, scavenger hunt, animals, fall hike, fall decor, and helicopter rides!
Sept. 29-30- Goose Day Pumpkin Fest. Mifflin County Youth Park, 110 E. Logan St., Reedsville. Friday, 2-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday’s tailgating party will take place in the wine and beer garden with entertainment and includes food vendors. Saturday’s activities include a car display, pony rides, petting zoo, inflatables, carriage rides, vendor show and the annual auction.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1- At the Barnyard Goose Day Weekend. At the Barnyard, 10588 Ferguson Valley Road, Lewistown. Find the hidden goose inside the large corn maze. Open 4 p.m.-dusk, Friday; noon-dusk, Saturday; and 1-5 p.m., Sunday.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1- Jacks Mountain Hawk Watch Goose Day event. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., top of Jack’s Mountain Road, McVeytown. Visit the scenic outlook to look for the goose wearing a pair of binoculars. Visit the members of the Hawk Watch to learn about the fall migration or to see various hawk eggs. Guess which egg is actually a goose egg for a special treat.
Sept. 30- 45th annual Goose Day 5K. 9 a.m., 6 S. Main St., Lewistown. Race applications are available at jvstriders.com.
Sept. 30- Goose Day 100 Lawn Tractor Race. Middle Road Speedway, 1904 Middle Rd., Lewistown. This race is open to anyone with a lawn tractor. For more details and/or to receive an entry form call 717-994-5399 or message their Facebook page.
Oct. 1- Goose Day Pumpkin Succulent Party. 2-4 p.m., At the Barnyad Corn Maze, 10588 Ferguson Valley Road, Lewistown. Hosted by Painting Parties by Judy, guests can make a pumpkin succulent centerpiece. Cost is $35 and includes a free pass to the corn maze and snacks. Must pre-register at www.paintingpartiesbyjudy.com.
All month- Goose Day t-shirts. Yoder’s Tees & More, 69 E. Main St., Belleville. Bring in 5 or more pairs of youth socks to be donated to Back Yard Club ministries and receive a free Goose Day t-shirt. Goose Day t-shirts are available for sale for $12.99.
All month- Goose Day shirt + Goose Day coffee blend. East End Coffee Co., 18 E. Market St., Lewistown and at 13 S. Main St., Reedsville.
All month- Cement Goose. Thistle Patch Peddler. Want to have your own cement goose for your business or home? Pre-order by calling 814-571-9212.
All month- Goose Day stickers. The Logan House, 400 N. Beech St., Burnham.
All month- Goose neck gourds. Bilger’s Pumpkins, 7468 Ferguson Valley Road,
McVeytown. Find a goose neck gourd for your fall decorating. Take a selfie with Harvey the Harvest Goose and try your luck at their corn maze!
All month- Goose earrings by Jabebo Studio. Honey Creek Bill & Beak, 701B Electric Ave., Lewistown. Purchase a pair in-store or online at honeycreekbillandbeak.com.
All month- Goose Day ornaments. Deihl’s Flowers’, 1 Parkview Terrace, Burnham. $6.99 Goose Day ornaments featuring original watercolors by Bill Basom.
All month- Blackberry scented body products. Naturals by Val at 4th & Market, 315 Market St., Port Royal. Blackberry scented products including scrub, body butter, spray, and lip balm.
All month- Goose Day iron-on embroidered patch. Mama Llama Embroidery & Gifts. Patches cost $8 each or 2/$15. To order visit Facebook at MamaLlamaEmbroideryandGifts or email email@example.com.
All month- Goose Day home decor. Becky Bee’s Boutique is creating a goose-themed grapevine wreath, wooden disc wreath, floral arrangement, and pedestal arrangements. Find these and more fall decor at their booth space at Big Valley Antique Center and on Facebook.
All month- Goose Day pots. Hometown Potters’ Studio. While supplies last. 18 E. Market St., Lewistown.
All month- Goose Day bows. B’s Bows will have bows available at Leapin’ Lizards Children’s Store; East End Coffee Co.; and Burnham Community Day.
All month- Goose Day pins, magnets & geegaws. The Crooked Shelf Bookshop, 23 N. Main St., Lewistown. Hand painted by Jaybeeyell.
Sept. 25-29- Goose Day flower bouquets. Lewistown Florist, 129 S. Main St., Lewistown. Cash and carry for $12.99.
Sept. 25-29- Goose Day flower bunches. Deihl’s Flowers’, $12.99 each. 1 Parkview Terrace, Burnham.
Sept. 25-29- Goose Day sale. Wray’s Landscaping, 15 Nolan Dr., Lewistown. 15% off any item excluding their stone, mulch, and services.
Sept. 27-29- Golden Goose Eggs. My Craft Attic, 101 S. Logan Blvd., Burnham. Pick a golden goose egg out of a basket to win a prize, discount, or treat. One egg per day, no purchase necessary.
Sept. 28-29- Goose Day sales. Depot Thrift Store, 17 Depot St., Lewistown. 50% off store wide.
Sept. 28-30- Goose Day sales. Second Chances Thrift and Gift Store, 982 Parcheytown Road, Lewistown. 50% off store wide.
Sept. 29- Goin’ Postal will "goose" every box that is shipped today with a special sticker. 129 S. Main St., Lewistown.
Sept. 29- Goose Day sale. Lemon & Lime Craft Co., 145 E. Market St., Lewistown. Buy one item at full price, get another item 29% off.
Sept. 29- Goose dog toys + Goose Day sale. Flickinger’s Paws & Claws LLC, 1274 William Penn Hwy Mifflintown. Goose dog toys and a 30% off retail sale.
Sept. 29- Lucky Goose Charm Pouch. Moon Dragon, 25 West Market St., Lewistown. $7 per pouch.
Sept. 29- Golden Goose Egg sale. The Olde Hatchery, 211 W. 6th St., Port Royal. Pick up a golden egg at the check-out for a percentage off your purchase.
Sept. 29- Goose Day sale. The Crooked Shelf Bookshop, 23 N. Main St., Lewistown. Pick up a goose egg to get 10-30% off your purchase.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1- Blackberry Moonshine sale. Hazard’s Distillery, 26555 RT. 75 N., Mifflintown. Get 10% off their delicious Blackberry Moonshine.
Sept. 29-Oct. 1- Goose Day sale. Leapin Lizards Children Store, 625 Electric Ave., Lewistown. Any item in-store priced between $10-20 will be on sale for $9.29.
Commemorative Goose Day postmark
A special commemorative pictorial postmark is designed every year by Ryan Cherry to provide a unique souvenir to mark each year’s local holiday. The design is available ONLY on Goose Day at the Lewistown Post Office. Stop by on Sept. 29th and request any of your outgoing mail to be stamped with the Goose Day postmark for free.
Send postcards to family and friends to spread the fun
As an added bonus, have the postmark stamped on a Goose Day postcard. The pre-stamped postcards, spotlighting artwork by artist Julie Rigatti, can be purchased for $5 in-person starting Sept. 1st at East End Coffee Co., both shop locations, The Crooked Shelf Bookshop, Friendship Bookstore, and the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau office.
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, taken to the Lewistown Post Office where the postmark will be applied and then mailed out.
Let your creative juices flow!
This year's postcard was specifically designed in black & white so that you can color in the postcard. Artwork by Julie Rigatti.
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!
Sept. 1-26- Goose Day photography contest. Take a photo with one of the many Wild Geese around Mifflin and Juniata Counties to win a goose themed gift basket from Visit Big Valley. This year, the photo must incorporate an activity. (ie: reading with a goose, playing ball with a goose, singing in the rain with an umbrella over the goose) The more creative, the better while of course not damaging any of the flock. Send your photos to the Visit Big Valley Facebook page, they will post the pictures in an album and the one with the most likes by September 26th wins.
Sept. 1-26- Goose coloring contest. Stop by Kathy’s Korner to pick up a goose coloring sheet and be sure to drop it back off by Sept. 26th to be entered into a drawing. The winner will be given a goodie basket.
All month- Goose Day drawing. Stop by the Crooked Shelf Bookshop to enter your name to win a $50 gift card. Winner drawn on Goose Day. 23 N. Main St., Lewistown.
All month- Win a Goose Garden flag. Stop by Kathy’s Korner at 145 E. Market St., Lewistown to enter to win a cute goose garden flag!
All month- AAA Central Penn Passport to the Juniata River Valley program. Take a goose chase adventure throughout the Juniata River Valley with a Goose Day Passport! Make a purchase at a participating business to get your passport stamped, each stamp gets a raffle entry for a variety of prizes. Sign up at AAA Central Penn branch, 33 N. Brown St., Lewistown. Winners announced Oct 2nd - 6th.
List of businesses:
-The Crooked Shelf Bookshop
-East End Coffee Shop (both locations)
-The Square Café & Bakery
-My Craft Attic
-Sacred Heart Thrift Shop
-Downtown OIP & Grille
-Batter & Dough
-The Cookie Jar
-Harshbargers (both locations)
-Hawstone Hollow Winery
Sept. 20-27- The Sentinel Goose Day contest. Tell us how you celebrate Goose Day! Go to lewistownsentinel.com to enter the online contest. Three winners will be announced on Goose Day. Prizes awarded by the Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau.
Sept. 25-28- Silly Goose contest. Listen carefully to MERF Radio as they will be playing clips from funny men and women. Guess the person and you’ll be entered into the grand prize drawing. The winner will be announced on Goose Day and will be awarded a $97.50 Visa gift card to spend on Goose Day goodies in the Juniata River Valley.
Sept. 25-30- I’ve been goosed stickers giveaway. The Lewistown Taxi Service will be goosing their taxi clients during Goose Day week and posting photos of them to Facebook. Call to book your taxi ride at 717-953-5875.
Sept. 29- Goose Day Commemorative Coin Egg Hunt. Mifflin County High School STEM interns will hide 100 plastic goose eggs in public areas in both Mifflin and Juniata Counties on Friday evening, September 29th. Find a purple egg you win a commemorative Goose Day coin; find a golden egg you win a commemorative Goose Day coin and a golden ticket for additional thematic mementos! Eggs will be placed on Friday evening and can be found until all are obtained. Make sure to start hunting early, most eggs are found by Saturday morning!
Sept. 29-Oct. 1- Goose Day Treasure Hunt. Hometown Potters’ Studio will hide a goose-themed pottery piece in downtown Lewistown. Find it and redeem it for prize at the 18 E. Market St., Lewistown studio.
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