June 6th and June 7th
age 1-6, free admission
There will be a $5 fee(per person) for camping before Saturday night. (for extra porta potties)
bring beverages in cans or plastic whenever possible.
chairs, coolers, blankets, etc.
Fire Pits are encouraged!
DIRECTIONS TO THE SITE
Mapquest 1586 highland lick rd in Elkton KY and it'll take you close to the event.
FESTIVAL HISTORY, written by Lloyd Settle in 2000
One afternoon in the fall of 1995, Charlie and I were walking along the field above the lake contemplating life and our place in the universe when I asked him, "if I built a stage down by the lake, would you guys come out and play?" He said, "Yeah, it looks like a great place for a stage." In the summer of 1996, I had cause for a personal celebration in my life coming up so Timmy, my nephew, and I cut the trees off our farm, sawed the wood on my sawmill, and with the help of local "good ol boys," built a small stage. We then ran electricity to it from one of my barns. I invited close friends and several "gooseheads" that I had met out for a "private concert" by Goose Creek Symphony and friends. About 75 people attended and we just sat around on quilts, the ground, and a few lounge chairs. It was to be a "one time thing." A fun time was had by all! It was almost like a "family gathering" with incredible music. After it was over, several of the "gooseheads" suggested we do it again next year. I wasn't interested. Through the next few months several close gooseheads like Delbert, Dale, Fred, and Cathy persisted and said, "we need a place just for Gooseheads to be able to go and party like it was in the late 60's and early 70's. Your place is perfect for that and we will help you." And, they did. So, we tried it once more in 1997. The crowd was slightly larger and we discovered that people who wanted to stand and express their joy at goose music blocked the view of those sitting on the hill. After the concert, Timmy(my head of security) and I decided the crowd quickly outgrew our little stage(that was to be used only once). At this concert, even more people thought it was a really cool concert and idea and should continue. In the summer of 1998, we decided we should tear down the old stage and try it one more time. This time the stage was to be larger and taller(we called it "buck-proofing" the stage, Timmy can explain that term). We were going to start on it when school was out but a flood intervened and covered the entire stage, roof and all. When the waters finally receded enough to start, we had less than two weeks to tear the old one down and build the new one. We again cut the trees off our farm, sawed it ourselves, and Timmy and his "good ol boy construction crew" built it. We finished it on Saturday about noon before the concert that afternoon. It is the stage still being used(our final one I hope). The number of people attending has increased slowly each year although we don't advertise except for flyers at Goose Creek concerts and by word of mouth. We did go on the web this year(thanks to Jonathan) and we have used an old mailing list of people who bought CD's in the early to mid 90's. Now, after six concerts, we will probably continue until we experience problems that would warrant us stopping such as fights, or problems that would cause law enforcement to get involved. We will stick to our original intentions of having a place where "Gooseheads" can come and listen to great music in peace and harmony. We would like to think ours is a concert where people from all walks of life can come and focus on likenesses instead of differences and truly "share" time together even though there may be social, educational, and cultural differences. Music can be a force that bonds all of us together.
I would especially like to thank Charlie, a really incredible human being, without whose support and help Goose on the Lake would not have been possible. I would also like to thank all those gooseheads who have traveled great distances to come to Goose on the Lake and the many who have been back just about every year. It has been humbling to have many of you share the joy you have experienced in coming here. It is also a joy to share our little spot on the earth with those of you who are true "earth people" and can appreciate the freedom of expression we now enjoy. We hope above all that you continue to share that philosophy with us and help us in protecting that freedom so that we may continue Goose on the Lake and provide a place where "Gooseheads" can continue come and continue their yearly "family reunion."
GOOSE ON THE LAKE :: Tell A Buddy, Bring a Friend, Come Back, Let's Do It Again!