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Goose Day starts Friday

New activities to be held this year

Photo submitted by the JUNIATA RIVER VALLEY VISITORS BUREAU
Goose Girl, Kate Newcamp, gets “goosed” in time for the Goose Day celebration, which starts Friday. Download your own sticker template at www.jrvvisitors.com.

LEWISTOWN — The Goose Day Celebration officially takes flight Friday in the Juniata River Valley.

This year’s 14-page Goose Day list is full of events, activities, contests, giveaways, shopping, drinks and of course, goose dinners. Thanks to the many small businesses in Mifflin and Juniata counties, the list this year is larger than ever, giving residents and visitors plenty to choose from over the five-day celebration.

Many new events like Middle Road Speedway’s Goose Day Weekend, Painting Parties by Judy’s goose painting class, and Shy Bear Brewing’s Goose Day event are happening alongside the annual Goose Day Road Rally. The opportunity for all ages to participate in contests and giveaways is growing and restaurants in both counties will be serving the lucky bird both dine-in and take-out. To view the list, visit www.jrvvisitors.com.

The Juniata River Valley Visitors Bureau has been working to spread the news about the unique holiday not only locally, but nationally.

This week, Emmy award-winning television personality Erik the Travel Guy visited the area to get the inside scoop on the holiday to share with his viewers on PBS, Amazon Prime and YouTube. His show, Beyond the Backyard, will feature a segment about Goose Day next year. Erik visited East End Coffee Co., Hungry Run Distillery, At the Barnyard Corn Maze, Sal-Lee’s Dream Restaurant, Burnham OIP and the Wild Geese sculptures.

The visitors bureau also secured a special commemorative Goose Day postmark and postcard so residents and visitors can share the holiday with family and friends who live outside the area. The postcard, featuring Neil Demi’s artwork, can be purchased at East End Coffee Co., Yoder’s Tees & More, Honey Creek Inn, or online at www.thepennsystation.com. All postcards will be picked up at each location, taken to the Lewistown Post Office on Sept. 29 and stamped with the pictorial Goose Day postmark designed by Ryan Cherry.

This postmark is only available on Goose Day at the Lewistown Post Office and can be stamped on any outgoing mail if requested.

Ohesson Manor is taking part in the holiday with a Goose Day Mail Mission. Anyone can send the residents a card, letter, or drawing by Thursday to Ohesson Manor, 276 Green Ave., Lewistown. For every piece of mail received, a Goose Day postcard will be mailed back to the sender on Sept. 29. Be sure to include your return address.

For anyone not able to join in on the festivities this year, they can follow the Goose Day in the Juniata River Valley Facebook page for videos and photo activities, follow the “Goose Girls,” Kate and Korinne Newcamp as they takeover the visitors bureau’s Instagram account or go to the JRRVB YouTube page for more videos.

For more information, call (717) 248-6713, www.jrvvisitors.com or Facebook.

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