Farmers' to celebrate 41st Harvest Festival 

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

The Farmers' Museum will celebrate the bounty of the fall season during the 41st annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22.

Held every year since 1978, the festival brings together a variety of performers, artisans and vendors, the museum said in a media release. 

Both days will feature live performances, music and family activities. The band Gravelyard and others will play. There will be children’s craft activities in the Festival Tent, plus outdoor games. The museum's Templeton Players will perform short plays at noon each day: "A Case For Eviction," on Saturday and "A Cardiff Medicine Show" on Sunday.

The ongoing traditions include many long-timer performers returning for another season. Musicians Jim Kimball and Karen Canning will perform 19th-century tunes on the porch at Bump Tavern. Kimball has played at the festival since the late 1970s.

Dickens the Clown, who has performed at nearly every festival, will also return.

There will be rides through the museum’s grounds in a horse-drawn wagon. At 1 p.m. each day, a parade of prize-winning animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show will take place, with the Cup winners being showcased Sunday.

Hinman Hollow Sport Training will do agility and obedience demonstrations.

Children can visit the children's barnyard and the grow patch play-and-learn area, and take free rides on the Empire State Carousel.

At 11 a.m. both days at Bump Tavern, there will be a talk on hops and brewing. The exhibit, "Brew: New York’s Craft Beer Revival" is still on display.

Many artisans will show off their skills, including tintype portraits, rope making, coopering and spinning and fiber art. There will also be a dulcimer maker, woodworkers, a china painter, bakers and potters.

The Ag Tent will feature the Cooperstown Farmers Market, Leatherstocking Beekeepers, Council Rock Brewing, Otsego County Maple Producers, Otsego County Dairy Promotion, Pail Shop Winery, Kerrs Creek Distillery, Hessian Hill Farm, Elderberry Herb Farm and Kingfisher Lavender.

Harvest Festival will also offer visitors the opportunity to assist the interpreters with the harvesting of potatoes in the field near the museum’s farmstead. There will also be agricultural activities including apple pressing, corn shelling and grinding for children

One-day entry to festival is $12 for adults, $10.50 for those 65 and older, and $6 for those ages 7 to 12. Children 6 and younger are admitted free as are and museum members. Tickets can be purchased in advance at or at the museum on the day of the event. 

The Farmers' Museum is at 5775 State Route 80 in the town of Otsego, just outside the village of Cooperstown. Walkers can enter the museum from the village through the south gate, just up the road from The Otesaga Hotel. The Cooperstown Trolley also makes stops at the museum. Parking on site will be limited. 

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