The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, Otsego County, NY has announced their Harvest Festival, which features a wide variety of performers, artisans, and vendors, is set to return on Saturday and Sunday, September 17th and 18th.
The Festival will feature two days of live performances, including music folk singer and songwriter Kevin McKrell traditional Austrian or German folk dances with the Edelweiss Schuhplattlers of the Utica Maennerchor, Bill Ackerbauer, an acoustic guitarist who dabbles in harmonica, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and other instruments, and two performances by the museum’s Templeton Players.
For families and kids, the Catskill Puppet Theater will hold a performance on Sunday. Activities tents will provide a space to make corn husk dolls, paper strip pumpkins, and autumn greeting cards. There will also be face painting, scavenger hunts, and a children’s hay bale maze. Outdoor games include cornhole, nine pins, some traditional 19th-century games, and the Empire State Carousel. At the Farmstead, attendees will find cider pressing, corn shelling and grinding, potato harvesting, and as well as horse-drawn wagon rides. In the blacksmith shop, kids can discover how metal is shaped by hammering molding clay, which has the feel of hammering hot steel.
Aside from the museum’s farm animals, Hinman Hollow Sport Training will host canine agility and obedience demonstrations.
Admission is $15 for adults, $12.50 for seniors, $6 for juniors (7-12), and free for kids 6 and under, museum members, and those receiving SNAP benefits.
For more information visit the Farmers’ Museum website.