Press Release Contact: 

Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing
New York State Historical Association
Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers’ Museum
Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail:

Harvest Festival

Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, 2014, from 10:00 am–5:00 pm

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — A perfect blend of new attractions and trusted favorites make the 36th annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown the most entertaining celebration of fall in the area. Taking place Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this event is a regional favorite, bringing together a wide range of performers, artisans, and exhibitors.

The Festival Tents will feature live performances and family activities such as crafts, storytime, and contests. Musical performances on Saturday include "Bourbon and Branch" and "Gravelyard."  On Sunday see "Rusty Doves" and "Heaven's Back Door."  Other performances include the Blue Ribbon Cloggers on Saturday and the O'Donnell-Kelly Dance Company on Sunday.

The ongoing traditions of Harvest Festival contribute to its charm. 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. Also part of Harvest Festival for nearly all its 36 years, Dickens the Clown will delight children and the young at heart throughout the museum grounds.

Animals are always a large part of Harvest Festival. Take in the whole museum on a horse-drawn wagon ride. Marvel at demonstrations of dog obedience and agility. Watch a parade of champion animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show. See cuddly alpacas and watch their agility in an obstacle course. An entire tent is home to these domesticated animals raised for their fiber.  

Enthusiasts of historic trades won’t be disappointed at Harvest Festival. Many artisans show off their skills, such as the American Mountain Men demonstrating dugout canoe making. You can also learn from rope-making, spinning, and fiber art demonstrations.

In addition, Harvest Fest includes the chance to help with harvesting potatoes, beans, corn, and hops.  Children will enjoy agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding.  They can also enjoy the Children's Barnyard filled with rabbits, goats, and donkeys. You’ll 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 delicious foods from the season’s harvest awaits festival-goers, such as roasted corn, sausage sandwiches, and pulled pork. Huff Ice Cream will be on the grounds with your favorite flavors. Children have fun with food during apple bobbing. 

At noon on Saturday, stop by the Empire State carousel for the dedication of a new carousel plaque honoring New York State folk musician Pete Seeger.  Carousel creator Jerry Holzman will be signing the museum's book detailing the history of the carousel.

On Sunday at 2:00pm, enjoy a book signing and reading with author Shannon Hayes and her new book Homespun Mom Comes Unraveled and Other Adventures from the Radical Homemaking Frontier.

For an up-to-date list of activities and more information, please visit

One-day entry to Harvest Festival is included with paid museum admission: $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members of NYSHA are free.  Purchase a discounted Two-Day Festival Pass for admission both Saturday and Sunday plus free admission to Fenimore Art Museum: $18 adults (13+) and $9 juniors (7-12).  Purchase tickets in advance on our website or at the main entrance on the day of the event.

Sponsored in part by Organic Valley and 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.

The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.

Press Release Category: 
Program and Event Press Releases
Publication Date: 
September 2014