Farmers' Museum will celebrate autumn season

FILEClaire Ottman teaches Wyatt Flannigan, 6, how to spin wool yarn as his brother Owen, 9, watches at the 2018 Farmers’ Museum Harvest Festival near Cooperstown.

The Farmers’ Museum, just outside Cooperstown, will hold its Celebration of Autumn from Sept. 19 through Oct. 12. This event was developed in place of the museum’s traditional fall events, according to a media release. Visitors will find activities relating to the season with additional happenings planned for each weekend. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with reduced admission prices.

“Even though we have the advantage of being an open-air museum, we still make every effort possible to provide the safest environment for visitors and staff,” Paul S. D’Ambrosio, Fenimore Art Museum president and CEO, said. “To lessen the potential for overcrowding on a particular weekend, we’ve spread out our fall-related activities over 23 days, making a visit to the museum a much safer experience for everyone, no matter what day you arrive.”

The museum’s Country Village and Farmstead shows what it was like living in upstate New York during the autumn season in the mid-1800s. Visitor guides will tell the story. The grounds are decorated for the season with cornstalks, pumpkins and hay bales. There is also a hay bale maze for kids and a scarecrow contest.

Visitors will find demonstrations reflecting 19th-century trades, including a printer, pharmacist and broom maker in the Main Barn. In the open air of the Country Village, a blacksmith, a weaver and a fiddler will show off their talents. At the Lippitt Farmstead, visitors can see friendly farm animals in the Children’s Barnyard and farming demonstrations in the fields. Children can try agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding, and apple pressing. The museum’s oxen team will parade around the village at various times throughout the day, the release said.

In the Main Barn, visitors can see the famous Cardiff Giant and check out an exhibit, “Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival.” Central New York breweries and beer experts will share their stories and process. The exhibit features objects, images and text highlighting the history of New York state brewing, hops and barley up to the present day. The exhibit closes on Oct. 31.

Reduced price tickets are available at the main entrance. Admission: Adults (13 and older) $5 Mon-Fri, $7.50 Sat-Sun; Juniors (7 to 12) $3; children six and younger and museum members will be admitted free.

The Empire State Carousel and buildings in the Country Village and  are closed to maintain a safe environment for visitors and staff, the release said. Face masks or coverings are required at all times for visitors 2 and older, except when eating or drinking. Free single-use masks will be available at the entrances for visitors who arrive without sufficient protection. Visitors who are not part of the same household should stay socially distanced.

For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org. The museum is at 5775 State Highway 80, just outside Cooperstown.

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