Harvest Festival
Saturday–Sunday, September 10–11 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Join the ultimate celebration of autumn! Harvest Festival is a regional favorite, bringing together a wide range of performers, artisans, and exhibitors. Enjoy great food, music, animals, and activities your family will love.

Activities

  • The event will feature live performances and family activities such as crafts and demonstrations.
  • Watch a parade of champion animals from the museum's annual Junior Livestock Show.
  • Rides on the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride (sponsored by Matt Sohns and family)
  • Take a horse-drawn wagon ride
  • Alpacas

Artisan Demonstrations

  • Spinning and fiber art 
  • Lace making 
  • China painting
  • Doll painting
  • Rope making
  • Coopering 

Festival Stage

  • 19th Century music played by Jim Kimball and Dick Bolt (Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 - 11:30 am)
  • Box and Cox (Saturday and Sunday at 12:30 pm)
  • Iona Dance Troupe (Saturday from 1:30 - 2:30pm)
  • Gravelyard (Saturday from 3:30 - 5:00pm)
  • Children's craft activities and outdoor games (Saturday and Sunday)
  • The O'Donnell-Kelly School of Irish Dance (Sunday from 1:30 - 2:30 pm)
  • Rusty Doves (Sunday from 3:30 - 5:00 pm)

Farm and Food

  • Help with harvesting potatoes and hand-scything hay.
  • Savor an abundance of delicious foods from the season's harvest.
  • Relish the taste of pulled pork, chili, hot dogs, and salads.
  • Huff Ice Cream will be on the grounds with your favorite flavors.
  • Homemade pies and fresh baked goods.
  • Roasted corn

Activities for Kids

  • Dickens the Clown will delight children and the young at heart throughout the museum grounds.
  • Agricultural activities such as corn shelling and grinding, and grain flailing and winnowing
  • Story Time in the schoolhouse.
  • Games: giant pick up sticks, pumpkin rolling, beanbag toss, etc...
  • Face painting
  • Craft activities for the entire family
  • Children's Barnyard filled with rabbits, goats, and donkeys.

Vendors

  • Bonnie Breed – Lace Maker

  • Huff Ice Cream

  • Salt & Stone Pottery

  • Kate’s Kreations ( Handmade cloth purses, wallets, etc.)

  • Walt Fleming (Saturday only)

  • Red Pine Pottery

  • Knapp Farm

  • Springfield Presbyterian Church (Pies and soup)

  • Otsego County Maple Producers Assoc., Inc.

  • Pomona Grange (Baked goods - Saturday only)

  • Butternut Valley Grange (Baked goods - Sunday only)

  • Smyth/CID Pottery

  • Catherine & Megan Alley (China Painting)

Admission to Harvest Festival is included with paid museum admission: $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12). Children age 6 and younger are free, as well as NYSHA Members. Discounted 2-day passes available on Saturday: $18 adults (13+) and $9 children (7-12).

Free carousel rides sponsored in part by Matt Sohns and family. This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.