According to Fred E.H. Schroeder, in an article for The Guide to United States Popular Culture, concrete lawn geese  arrived in Kentucky and Pennsylvania around 1980. The phenomenon soon spread to dressing up the stone (and later plastic) avians. According to articles in the Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, the goose fashion fad originated in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, or Ohio — no one is sure). Some owners buy complete wardrobes for their geese — with a definite leaning toward holiday attire. (For more about the history of lawn geese, click this link.)

(Photo by Silver Birch shot with disposable 35mm camera on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago on July 4th a few summers ago. )