The Annual Fennville Goose Festival Returns for its 34th Year

This weekend, October 12, 13 & 14 the 34th annual Fennville Goose Festival will take place in downtown Fennville and locals are gearing up for the festivities!

When it first began in 1985, the Fennville Goose Festival was a small party for locals, and for those who happened to be in town, to celebrate and watch the millions of Canada Geese that stop in the area for rest and food on their long migration heading south. Since, the event has evolved into a three-day festival drawing in people from all over to experience all that downtown Fennville has to offer.

Amy Cook, lead organizer and chair of the Fennville Downtown Development Authority (DDA), said that the event is a benefit in two ways – it’s fun, and it’s good for the local economy.

“The Goose Festival brings in upwards of 5,000 people to our downtown to celebrate all that is great about Fennville. We strive to offer something for everyone and showcase the best of our area,” said Cook.

This year’s festivities will take place in the heart of Fennville, the southwest corner of Maple and Main Streets and will include a full three days’ worth of events such as live music, local food, beer, cider, wine, a 5K run, a gosling run for the kids, carnival rides and games, a car show, pyrotechnics show and much more! New this year is the Goose Saloon with food and beverages along Main Street. The fenced-in area will include food vendors, alcohol sales and the entertainment stage.

2018 Highlights

  • Discovery Dance Program on Friday
  • 5k and Gosling Run on Saturday
  • Tractor Show on Sunday
  • Carnival Rides Saturday and Sunday
  • PLUS Beer, wine, cider and food in the Goose  Saloon all weekend!

For a full schedule of this year’s Goose Festival activities and events, visit this link.

“We are especially excited about our new layout for 2018; arranged to allow more people to enjoy the main stage entertainment and focus the attention along main street,” said Cook.

Although the festival started out being about the Canada Geese’s favorite pit-stop on their way to warmer weather, the festival has evolved into a full-fledged celebration of the region and what makes it unique and special.

“We are proud to have a low-cost, family friendly showcase of what is great about Fennville,” said Cook. “It is a celebration of our local entrepreneurs; food, beer, wine, cider and music – much of which is homegrown and locally produced!”


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