Aiken, South Carolina – On Sunday, Aiken got into the holiday spirit during their “Christmas Melodies” Parade. Hundreds of people lined Laurens Street in downtown Aiken for the annual event. WJBF News Channel 6’s Brad Means and Jennie Montgomery hosted the parade, while Stefany Bornman spent the day talking to people during the show.
It’s once again, that time of year, for the annual Jaycee Christmas Parade and what a gorgeous day to spend some time outside. Today WJBF News Channel 6 found the world known “Mother and Father Goose” who live right here in Aiken, S.C. Candy canes and sugar plums, Segway reindeer and geese! Melissa and Alan Townsend are known as “Mother and Father Goose.” On Sunday, they brought their geese out to the Aiken Parade.
“We love bringing them out and they love the company. Absolutely just love the company,” said Melissa Townsend. 20 years ago, Alan Townsend rescued a duck and his late wife said she wanted to keep it as a pet.
“She would come downtown and people would call her mother goose and that’s kind of how it all started.” Melissa Townsend told WJBF News Channel 6.
Alan says before his late wife passed, she made a huge contribution to the world.
“She worked and worked and worked several years and finally came up with the duck diaper,” said “Mother Goose.”
“We put it online about 1996 and we have been selling it all over the world ever since.” “Father Goose” told WJBF News Channel 6.
Now, Melissa Townsend has taken the role as Mother Goose. She even makes her feathered friends pretty skirts and ties for them to wear. Magnolia Blossom, “she’s the baby of course,” and Lucy are the only geese at the Townsend household.”We lost three of our babies this year due to old age,” said Townsend.
But the Mother and Father Goose say they plan to adopt another goose. “These are just loving adorable babies right now she’s like love me pet me,” said Townsend.
What a wonderful day to see all the unique floats and one-of-kind people you can only find in Aiken. The Townsend’s say they make appearances at the Renaissance Festival and many other events throughout the year. If you want to learn more about geese and mother and father goose visit their website at www.thegoosesmother.com.