A blend of new attractions and trusted favorites are planned for the 35th annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, according to a news release.
Taking place Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., the event brings together a range of performers, artisans and exhibitors.
A new festival tent will feature live performances and family activities such as crafts, demonstrations, a story time and contests.
Performances include Generation CMC, a group of Congolese and Rwandan dancers on Saturday, and the Gravelyard Bluegrass Band on Sunday.
Nineteenth-century music played by Jim Kimball and Dick Bolt on the porch of Bump Tavern has added to the festival’s ambiance since its beginnings in the late 1970s, according to the release. Also part of Harvest Festival for nearly all its 35 years, Dickens the Clown will delight children and the young at heart throughout the museum grounds, according to the release.
Animals always figure large at Harvest Festival. Visitors can take in the whole museum on a horse-drawn wagon ride. They can also marvel at demonstrations of dog obedience and agility, watch a parade of champion animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show and see alpacas and watch their agility in an obstacle course, according to the release.
Historic trades artisans will demonstrate their skills. The cooper will show how he creates buckets and casks. Visitors can also learn from rope-making, spinning and fiber art demonstrations.
Additions to this year’s Harvest Fest include the chance to help with harvesting potatoes and hand-scything hay in the Long Field. Children will enjoy agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding, grain flailing and winnowing and 19th-century games in the schoolhouse. Visitors can even watch apples pressed to make fresh cider. The entire family can enjoy free carousel rides, sponsored by Matt Sohns and family.
An abundance of foods from the season’s harvest, such as roasted corn, sausage sandwiches and homemade soup, await visitors, according to the release. Children can enjoy apple bobbing.
A special attraction this year is the chance to learn about wild plant identification, foraging and cooking on Sunday afternoon from author Dina Falconi and illustrator Wendy Hollender. They will offer a tasting of a recipe from their new book, demonstrate botanical drawing and sign copies of “Foraging and Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.”
For an up-to-date list of activities and more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org/harvest.
Admission to Harvest Festival is included with paid museum admission. $12 for adults (ages 13 and older), $10.50 for seniors (ages 65 and older), $6 for children (ages 7 to 12), children six years of age and younger and members of the New York State Historical Association are admitted free.
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