Festivities get underway Friday for the 58th annual Sumner Goose Festival. Click to hear KMZU’s Mike Stone speak with President Lisa Stewart:
The 2012 Junior World Goose-calling champion will be present. “He happens to be from Missouri, which is handy,” said Steward, “He’s going to be on the Grandstand, he’s going to be some goose calling, some demos. He’s also going to give some time out to the youth; teach them how to blow a call correctly, kind of give them some tips. So we’re really excited about that; it’s kind of neat that we’ve got the world champion right here in Missouri.”
In honor of the 75th anniversary of Swan Lake National Wildlife Refuge, President Franklin Roosevelt will make an appearance. “He signed into effect, I believe in 1947, the proclamation that started the federal refuge,” said Stewart, “President Roosevelt’s going to be on the Grandstand and going over that proclamation, and he will sign that in front of the crowd.”
Other events include a parade, a pie-baking contest, and children’s activities. The festival will be held Friday, October 19th, and Saturday, October 20th.