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Goose Festival Planning Begins In Fennville
Posted: Apr 17, 2011

A wise man once attempted to describe the limitlessness of our uniquely human ability to create. He said, “Whatever man can imagine can be realized.” The group gathered around Sandi Busscher’s kitchen table last week was doing just that: imagining what the 2011 Goose Festival would look like. This was the first official meeting of the Goose Festival committee and imaginations ran rampant with the goal of making this year’s festival the biggest and best ever.

As always, we’re scheduling the festival for the second weekend in October – that’s the 8th and 9th.  While that may seem like it’s a long way off, there is an enormous amount of planning and preparation that has to come before an event of this magnitude can take place. And we’re hoping that some who read this article will want to join our committee and add to the diversity of imaginations at work this year.

As in past years, the committee will explore new never-before-seen-at-the-goose-festival activities to appeal to a broad spectrum of tastes and ages. “This is first and foremost a family event” said Sandi Busscher, Executive Director of the festival. “We want to have activities at the festival for everyone from toddler to senior citizen.”  

This year marks the 27th anniversary of the Goose Festival which brings more people into Fennville than any other event. On festival weekend it’s not uncommon to see cars bearing license plates from Illinois, Indiana and Ohio in our town.

The festival was originally held downtown with Main Street required to be blocked off from Su Casa to the railroad crossing for the entire weekend. Four years ago the festival was moved to the school campus where it could be consolidated and crafters could display their wares under the cover and security of the middle school gym. Several factors precipitated the move from downtown. First, the DDA had placed the vacant lot where the carnival set up for sale and negotiations with prospective buyers were then, and continue to be ongoing. Downtown merchants applauded the move as sidewalk exhibits blocked entryway into their stores on Saturday, which also happens to be the biggest shopping day of the week.

We’ll be reminding everyone as the date of the festival draws nearer. The 27th annual edition of the Goose Gazette will be distributed early summer to describe in detail all the events visitors to the festival will see this year. Check the Goose Festival website at for continual updates. If you’d like to become a member of the committee, or just have an idea for an event, contact Executive Director Sandi Busscher (269-561-2981 or No idea is too wild to be dismissed out of hand.

Hope to see you all at the Goose Festival!

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