Tractor Fest at the Farmers' MuseumTractor Fest
Saturday & Sunday, October 7–8 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm 

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2016 included:

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Learn about the world of tractors and all the activities they powered on New York farms. See classic tractors, small engines, and other machinery, representing the advance of farming technology.

  • Over 60 classic tractors
  • Clubs such as Central New York Antique Tractor, Tired Iron of Butternut Valley and the Franklin Doodlebugs Homemade Antique Tractor Club
  • See tractors at work thrashing oats and baling oat straw 
  • Kiddie pedal-tractor riding for kids age 7 and younger (both days)
  • Tractor parade (starts at 12:00 pm on Sunday)
  • Wagon rides pulled by a tractor (1:00-4:00 pm both days)
  • An 8x8 Corn Box (a sandbox with corn instead of sand) with toy tractors for kids to play with.
  • An exhibit of antique milking machines
  • Hanford Mills Museum will each be on site with an assortment of children’s activities
  • Presentation of scholarships to college freshmen pursuing degrees in agriculture by Tired Iron of the Butternut Valley (12:00 pm on Saturday)
  • A quarter-scale Dutch Barn Timber Frame model brought by the National Barn Alliance. Weighing 1,100 pounds, the model is a 3-D puzzle that displays how barns were made, touching on science, history and engineering.
  • Toys of Yesterday - Enjoy farm toys and pickups in the Main Barn, courtesy of Troy Deamer of Owego
  • NYCAMH will have a table and display on farm safety as well as a youth activity that has children identify farm hazards on a model scale farm.
  • Watch a demonstrations of a corn cutter 
  • 1920 Ohio Cultivator Baler coutesy of Tired Iron Club of Butternut Valley
  • 1918 Case Hay Press owned by Tom Gerkin of Central NY Antique Engine Club
  • Take a spin on The Empire State Carousel - the museum you can ride!

Take advantage of all the delightful activities that happen every day at The Farmers’ Museum:

Saturday:

  • Carousel rides (10:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 4:45 as usual, plus tour and band organ from 12:00 to 1:00)
  • Try your hand at the Liberty Press (Middlefield Printing Office)
  • Making Medicine (Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy)
  • Making Traditional Hardware (Field Blacksmith Shop)
  • Baking in the Brick Oven (Lippitt Farmhouse)
  • Folk Tunes on the banjo (Bump Tavern)
  • Discover Historic Toys and Games (Filer’s Corner Schoolhouse)
  • Broom Making (Westcott Shop)
  • Fancy Weaving (Westcott Shop)

 

Sunday:

  • Carousel rides (10:00 – 12:00, 1:00 – 4:45 as usual, plus tour and band organ from 12:00 to 1:00)
  • Try your hand at the Liberty Press (Middlefield Printing Office)
  • Making Medicine (Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy)
  • Making Traditional Hardware (Field Blacksmith Shop)
  • Cooking on the Open Hearth (Lippitt Farmhouse)
  • Spinning and Weaving (Lippitt Farmhouse)
  • Play traditional games
  • And all the activities in the historic buildings, too numerous to mention!

Crossroads Cafe: Fuel up from a choice of barbeque pulled pork, half-pound hamburgers and cheeseburgers, sausage w/peppers and onions, apple cider doughnuts, ice cream, and fresh apple-cider slushies.

Todd's General Store: Original and reproduction 19th-century products such as ceramics, glassware, band boxes, tinware, brooms, candles, soaps, candies, toys and games.

The Farmers' Museum Store: Merchandise based on the history and culture of New York State and rural America. Handcrafted items produced by our highly skilled staff and local artisans are featured. A section containing toys, games, books and crafts will please children of all ages!

Admission to Tractor Fest is included with paid museum admission: $12 adults (13+), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12). Children age 6 and younger are free, as well as members of the New York State Historical Association. Join today!

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The Farmers’ Museum would like to particularly thank Tired Iron of the Butternut Valley Club, Central New York Antique Engine Club, and the Franklin Doodlebugs Homemade Antique Tractor Club for all they have done to make this event a success, and Chobani and Bank of Cooperstown for sponsoring this event.

 

Bank of Cooperstown