Harvest Festival
Saturday–Sunday, September 15–16 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm - Reserve your tickets today!

This weekend only! Get two great museums plus Harvest Festival for one low price! Purchase a 2-way admission ticket with Fenimore Art Museum and save $5 off the regular adult price. And remember, kids 12 and under are always free at Fenimore.

Find two days of live performances, music, and family activities. On Saturday, enjoy tunes from musician Will Walker from 1:30 -3:00 p.m., followed by funk/reggae band Hanzolo. On Sunday, see Irish Dancers, as well as music from The Gravelyard Bluegrass Band from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Each day in the Festival Tent, find children’s craft activities plus outdoor games. The museum's Templeton Players perform A Case For Eviction on Saturday and the one-act farce Box and Cox on Sunday, guaranteed to captivate audiences of all ages (12:00 p.m. both days).

The ongoing traditions of Harvest Festival contribute to its charm. Nineteenth-century musicians Jim Kimball and Dick Bolt have added to the festival’s ambiance since the late 1970s. Also part of Harvest Festival for nearly 39 years, Dickens the Clown delights children and the young at heart throughout the museum grounds.

Animals always take the spotlight at Harvest Festival. Take a ride through the museum’s grounds in a horse-drawn wagon. Watch a parade of prize-winning animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show. Hinman Hollow Sport Dogs will dazzle you with their agility and obedience demonstrations. Kids enjoy the Children's Barnyard and cuddly alpacas from various regional farms.

If you like historical trades, you won’t be disappointed at Harvest Festival. Many artisans show off their skills, such as traditional cooper Bob Allers. Get hands-on with rope making, and see spinning and fiber art demonstrations. You’ll also find tinsmiths, quilters, bakers, and potters.

The Ag Tent features the Cooperstown Farmers Market, Leatherstocking Beekeepers, Otsego County Maple Producers, Otsego County Dairy Promotion, and Kingfisher Lavender.

Harvest Fest gives visitors the opportunity to assist our interpreters with the harvesting of potatoes and other crops on the museum’s Lippitt Farmstead. Children enjoy additional agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding, and grain flailing and winnowing, apple bobbing, and apple pressing. The entire family can take part in games and crafts as well as free carousel rides – sponsored by Matt Sohns and family.

An abundance of delicious foods from the season’s harvest awaits festival-goers, featuring roasted corn, pulled pork, chili, hot dogs, and Huff Ice Cream. You will also find homemade pies, fresh baked goods, and cider slushies.

The Research Library (across the street) celebrates its 50th anniversary from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. with an open house consisting of a wide selection of special programs. Learn about the library’s vast resources which are available to the public throughout the year. Visitors will hear special guests and library staff discussing subjects including highlights from the library’s first 50 years and an introduction to the extensive photo collection and genealogical resources. Talks on library collections will focus on the Abraham Lincoln Collection autopsy notes, the Historic Manuscript Cookbook Collection, and more. Each talk runs 10-20 minutes to accommodate visitors attending The Farmers’ Museum’s annual Harvest Festival. The open house is free and open to the public.

Walk to the museum from the village of Cooperstown and enter through our convenient South Gate. This pedestrian-only entrance is located just up the road from The Otesaga Resort Hotel. The Cooperstown Trolley also makes stops at the museum.


- 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.
- 19th Century Tintype Portrait Booth with Kevin Gray, Limited bookings. $30 per portrait of up to 5 people. Please sign-up in advance for a 15-minute time slot (Saturday and Sunday, 10 am–12 pm and 1–5 pm, Herkimer Kitchen)
- Beer Tastings in Bump Tavern with Butternuts Beer and Ale of Garrattsville, NY (Saturday from 12:00-2:00 p.m., tastings are included with museum admission)
- Rides on the Empire State Carousel, the museum you can ride (sponsored by Matt Sohns and family)
- Take a horse-drawn wagon ride
- Alpacas
- Watch dog obedience and agility demonstrations by Hinman Hollow Sport Dogs

Artisan Demonstrations

- Spinning and fiber arts 
- Lacemaking 
- Doll painting
- Rope making
- Coopering 
- Fancy Weaving
- Blacksmithing
- Making medicines
- Baking in the brick oven
- Printing on the Liberty Press
- Apple cider pressing and apple bobbing
- Broom Making
- HSEAD demonstrations

Festival Stage

- 19th Century music played by Jim Kimball and Dick Bolt
- A Case for Eviction (Saturday at 12:00 pm)
- Box and Cox (Sunday at 12:00 pm)
- O'Donnell-Kelly Irish Dancers (Sunday)
- Children's craft activities and outdoor games (Saturday and Sunday)
- Hanzolo (Saturday from 3:30-5:00 pm)
- Gravelyard Bluegrass Band (Sunday from 1:30-3:00 pm)
- Will Walker (Saturday from 1:30-3:00 pm)

Farm and Food

- Help with harvesting potatoes.
- 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 potato harvesting
- Games: giant pick up sticks, pumpkin rolling, beanbag toss, sack races, giant jenga, cornhole, etc...
- Craft activities for the entire family
- Children's Barnyard filled with rabbits, and goats.
- Free carousel rides sponsored by Matthew Sohns and family.  
- Rolling an ear of corn in paint and making a corn cob mosaic painting.
- Build your own Pumpkin shakers
- Murals to paint for kids and adults
- Corn husk dolls
- Sponge painting trees

Vendors and Exhibitors

- 19th century tinsmith - tinsmith items
- Alpaca Tent - knitted items
- Among Stones - sterling silver jewelry
- Beckmann’s Prov. Inc. - sausage onions and peppers
- Bernd J. Krause - dulcimer and ukulele building
- Bonnie Breed - lace making demonstrations
- Brodies Sugarbush - maple syrup products, candles, pancake flour, honey, and beeswax candles
- Cheryl & Emily Loadwick - handmade folk dolls
- Clarkshire Farms - lamb burgers
- Cooperstown Farmers' Market - a variety of goods from the market vendors
- Courtney Elise Handmade Jewelry
- Dan-Dee Creations - handmade scarves, t-shirt scarves
- Historical Society of Early American Decorations - early American decorations
- Huff Ice Cream - ice cream
- Kate's Kreations - handmade cloth purses and wallets
- Kingfisher Lavender - dried lavender flower bunches, sachets, and notecards
- Knapp Farm - specialty foods: jams, jellies, preserves, chutney, salsa, juices, and vinegars
- Kristin Helberg Folk Art - vinegar grained boxes, painted chests
- Leatherstocking Bee Keepers Assoc. - honey and bee products
- Michael Kudis Natural History Preservation - Nature Preserve: Forest History and Environmental Education
- Otsego County Dairy Promotion - t-shirts and other items
- Otsego County Maple Producers, Inc. - pure maple products
- Otsego County Pomona Grange - baked goods
- Butternut Valley Grange - baked goods
- Our Green Acres - roasted corn
- Red Pine Pottery - pottery
- Ruth Ann's Herb Garden and Barn Shop - buckwheat hull pillows, hand painted catnip toys, door drafts
- Soni's Suds - handcrafted soap, bath bombs, lotions
- Smyth/Cid Pottery - pottery
- Springfield Presbyterian Church - pies, baked goods, and soup
- Witherbee’s Chairs - Windsor chairs
- Twisted SisterZ - cinnamon buns, scones, cookies, and artisan bread
- Sharon Hill Crafts - quilted products and woven rugs
- Susan James - fabric, quilts, table runners, and wall hangings
- Walt Fleming - Tinsmith
- Willow & Birch Apothecary - handcrafted skin care, beauty products, and candles

Harvest Festival is included with regular museum admission! Children age 6 and younger are FREE, as well as Museum Members. 
$12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12). Purchase tickets in advance or at the entrance on the day of the event.

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