A Family-Friendly, Hop-Centric Event
Saturday, August 18 from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Hopsego brings together traditional ways, paired with contemporary craft. From the growing of hops to the making of food, beer and other products, families will get an all-encompassing experience and learn how the hop flower and vine rooted our region, formed family traditions and brought us into the resurgence of hop growing and craft brewing today. Vivid memories will be made; those that will endure a lifetime.


A Family-Friendly, Hop-Centered Event

The event will bring family-friendly activities together throughout the 35-acre Museum. Visitors of all ages will be able to see, smell, hear, touch and learn about the work being done in the hop yards:


Make & Do! Play Like a Kid! Four Legged Friends & Dirt!

Family Art & Craft Activities, all day                                                                     Carousel Green

Hop vines for activities provided by Muddy River Hops, Unadilla New York

Family Outdoor Games, all day                                                                           Carousel Green

Carousel Rides, all day                                                                                       Empire State Carousel

Pulling and Setting Hop Poles activity, all day                                                        Hop Yard

Hop Testing, all day                                                                                           Brooks Barn/Hop Yard

Hop Picking, all day                                                                                           Hop Yard


Kids and families can earn hop tickets by doing specific hop-related tasks all day long! Hop to It and pick up your own Hop Picker Tally Book at various locations around the Museum, get it stamped for each task completed throughout the day, collect your earned tickets and perhaps get a special prize for your hard work!!


Learn, Observe, Discuss! See “the stuff!”

Hop-Related Demonstrations, all day

Blacksmithing                                                                                       Blacksmith Shop

Cooking and Baking                                                                               Lippett Farmhouse

Homeopathic                                                                                        Pharmacy

Printing                                                                                                Print Shop

Tailoring                                                                                               Moore House

Textile                                                                                                  Westcott Shop

Coopering Demonstrations with Bob Allers and emerging Coopers, all day               Carousel Green

Drinking and Storage Vessel Pottery Demonstrations

with Robert McCann, all day                                                                   Carousel Green

19th Century Tintype Portrait Booth 

with Kevin Gray, 10 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 5 pm                                 

Limited bookings. $30 per portrait of up to 5 people

Please sign-up for a 15-minute time slot                                                Herkimer Kitchen

Hearth Baking Demonstration with Pamela Cooley (Barm Bread), 10 am – 2 pm       Lippett House

Visit the Animals                                                                                                Lippett Farmstead

What is it? Hop Tool Display and Conversation, 11 am-4:30 pm                              Main Barn

Hoppy Trails Tours 10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm, 3 pm                                              Bump Tavern

Rope-Making Demonstration, 2 pm and 2:30 pm                                                  Morey Barn

What did they do in a Hop House? A Conversation and tour, all day                        Hop House

How do you Grow Hops? A Conversation, all day                                                  Hop Yard


What are hop pellets? How do brewers use them and how are today's hops harvested and processed?

A conversation with Ian Porto of Northern Eagle Hop Pelletizing, all day                  Hop House/Hop Yard

Check It Out!

Historic Short Film Viewings                                                                              Main Barn

“Pop-Up” Exhibition, all day                                                                              Main Barn



It is human nature to want to be social, to want to be with others, to want to converse, to laugh, to joke, to tell stories and to hear music, to dance. Join us on the Bump Tavern Green and find your community, or a new community here at The Farmers’ Museum.


And Then, there was Food!



Grab an artisanal pizza and soft drink at one of Central New York’s top rated food truck’s, Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fire Pizza or pick up a unique BBQ sandwich and a tangy side of beans and bacon at Phat Backs BBQ’s food truck both near the Bump Tavern Green!


Looking for a sandwich, chips, cold beverage or ice cream? Visit the Museum’s own Crossroad’s Café next to Bump Tavern anytime during the day.


Chat, Laugh and Stay a While!

Bring your friends, hang out and chat, grab a bite to eat, listen to music, dance a bit and have a good time on the Bump Tavern Green!


Hanzolo, 11:30 am-1 pm                                                                                   Bump Tavern Green

Spectacular Average Boys, 2 pm – 4:30 pm                                                        Bump Tavern Green


Crafting the Brew:

Some folks may not know that hops were used to flavor and preserve beer. Beer, popular at a time when water was mostly unsafe to drink, became a household daily drink. Did it really help settle a nomadic culture? Let’s find out, try a couple brews, and nosh on some tasty nibbles, while we’re at it.

“He was a wise man who invented beer.” (Plato)


Making and Crafting the Brew!

POP FLY! Soda Tastings, sponsored by Northern Eagle Beverages, 11 am-1 pm    Bump Tavern

Craft Beer Tastings, 2-4                                                                                     Bump Tavern Green

Joining us this year are 212 Brewery, Cooperstown Brewing Company, Council Rock Brewery, Empire Brewing Company, Northway Brewing Company, Ommegang Brewery, Red Shed Brewery and The Farmers’ Museum





Take Something Home to Remember Your Day!


Visit the Museum Shop and Todd’s General Store for hop-related mech, all day long!


Get your Hopsego tasting glass! Only $10 a glass!


What’s more? Visit the exhibition Hop City Pickers! located in the Main Barn just before entering the Museum village!


Otsego County was the largest hop growing area in the United States during the early twentieth century. The rich tradition of the hop industry and agriculture supported local families and migrant workers, and resulted in ancillary businesses related to the niche trade. Hopsego, a new annual event at The Farmers’ Museum, now in its second year will celebrate the history and tradition of hops growing, harvesting, and related industries in Otsego and surrounding counties from the 1800s to today.