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Main Attractions

Tractor Fest


TRACTOR FEST
Saturday and Sunday, October 6-7 • 10:00am-5:00pm

 

General admission tickets: $12 (adults 13-64), $10.50 (seniors 65+), and $6 (junior 7-12). Museum members, active and retired career military personnel, and kids (6 and under) are free.  Purchase tickets in advance on Eventbrite.com or at the door on the day of the event.

 

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Learn about the world of tractors and everything they powered on New York State farms at the eighth annual Tractor Fest.  See classic tractors, small engines, and other machinery - displaying the growth of farming technology.
 
Over 60 classic tractors will line up for this year’s event representing several manufacturers including Farmall, Ford, Case, Oliver, Moline, and John Deere. On Sunday at noon, see tractors parade throughout the museum grounds. Clubs such as Central New York Antique Tractor Club, Tired Iron of Butternut Valley, and the Franklin Doodlebugs Homemade Antique Tractor Club will again participate in the event. See tractors at work - thrashing and baling.  Take a wagon ride around the museum grounds–pulled by a tractor.  Watch demonstrations of a corn cutter and check out a display of large and small hit-and-miss engines.
 
Tractor Fest is a great weekend destination for families. On Saturday at 2:00 p.m., kids under 12 can take part in a new and improved Pedal Tractor Pull Contest provided by Tired Iron of Butternut Valley. Sign-up between 1:00–2:00 p.m. Ribbons and prizes will be awarded.

Children ages 7 and younger can drive our assortment of pedal-tractors or play in our "corn box” – like a sandbox but filled with corn kernels.  Toys of Yesterday farm toys and pickups will be on display in the Main Barn, courtesy of Troy Deamer of Owego, New York. All event activities run from 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. both days.
 
On Saturday at noon, Tired Iron of Butternut Valley will complete their sixth annual charity drive by presenting a check to support the Roswell Park Cancer Institute's joint venture with Oneida Health Cancer Care to bring world-renowned cancer care to CNY. The new facility in Madison County will provide Roswell doctors, state-of-the-art infusion centers, radiation, imaging, support facilities and more.

 

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SATURDAY

Throughout the day:
•    Empire State Carousel Rides
•    Toys of Yesterday - farm toys and pickups (Main Barn)
•    Kid’s corn box and kid tractors (Carousel Green)
•    Baking in the Farmhouse (Lippitt Farmhouse)


10:00 AM-12:00 PM and 1:00-4:30 PM - Tin Type Portrait Booth (Herkimer Woodshed) $30 per portrait of up to 5 people. 10:30-11:00 AM - Forge Talks (Blacksmith Shop)
11:00 AM–3:00 PM - Fuel up at the Crossroads Café with pulled-pork, burgers, ice cream, and cider slushies.
11:00 AM - Ross Corn Cutter demonstration (Tavern Green)
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM - Plowing the field (Lippitt Farm)
11:30 AM-12:00 PM - Broom Boom! History of Brooms (Westcott Shop)
12:00 PM - Check presentation to Oneida Health Cancer Care by Tired Iron of the Butternut Valley.
1:00-1:30 PM - 19th Century Clothing (Bump Tavern)
1:00-2:00 PM - Kid Pedal Tractor Pull Sign-Up (Tavern Green)
1:00-2:00 PM - Make a nail ring (9 yrs. and up/closed-toe shoes)
2:00 PM - Kid Pedal Tractor Pull (Tavern Green)
2:00-2:30 PM - Flax Processing (Morey Barn)
1:30–4:00 PM - Tractor Pulled Wagon Rides (Main Barn)
2:30-3:00 PM - Rope Making (Morey Barn)
3:00-3:30 PM - Take a Turn Setting Type (Print Shop)
3:00 PM - Milking and Bottle-Feeding Demo (Children’s Barnyard)
4:00-4:30 PM - Garden Walk (Pharmacy Garden)
1:30 and 3:30 PM
•    Threshing Oats and Baling Oat Straw, 20 minute demonstrations (South Farm Field)
•    Thresher, collection of The Farmers’ Museum
•    Haypress, 1904 Ohio cultivator company Haypress, courtesy of Tired Iron of Butternut Valley.

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

SUNDAY

(Event activities run from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM. The Museum is open until 5:00 PM.)

Throughout the day:
•    Empire State Carousel Rides
•    Toys of Yesterday - farm toys and pickups (Main Barn)
•    Kid’s corn box and kid tractors (Carousel Green)


10:00-11:00 AM - 19th Century Games (Schoolhouse)
10:30-11:00 AM - Forge Talks (Blacksmith Shop)
11:00 AM–3:00 PM - Fuel up at the Crossroads Café with pulled-pork, burgers, ice cream, and cider slushies.
11:00 AM - Ross Corn Cutter demonstration (Tavern Green)
11:00 AM and 2:00 PM - Plowing the field (Lippitt Farm)
11:30 AM-12:00 PM - Drop Spindle Demonstration (Lippitt Farmhouse)
12:00 PM - Tractor Parade
1:00-2:00 PM - Garden Hack (Main Barn)
1:30–4:00 PM - Tractor Pulled Wagon Rides (Main Barn)
2:00-2:30 PM - Flax Processing (Morey Barn)
2:30-3:00 PM - Rope Making (Morey Barn)
3:00-3:30 PM - Take a Turn Setting Type (Print Shop)
3:00 PM - Milking and Bottle-Feeding Demo (Children’s Barnyard)
4:00-4:30 PM - Garden Walk (Pharmacy Garden)
1:30 and 3:30 PM
•    Threshing Oats and Baling Oat Straw - 20 minute demonstrations (South Farm Field)
•    Thresher, collection of The Farmers’ Museum
•    Haypress, 1904 Ohio cultivator company Haypress, courtesy of Tired Iron of Butternut Valley.


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

Exhibitions


The Main Barn turns 100 years old this season! It serves as the museum's exhibition center. This year, the museum is proud to present Barns: Cathedrals of the Countryside and Grow: An Exhibit to Get You Gardening.


Barns: Cathedrals of the Countryside

Dairy barns, with their soaring roof lines and towering silos, punctuate the rural landscape. Upstate New York’s agricultural buildings have long served as landmarks due to their size and visibility. Nowhere is this monumentality more noteworthy than on gentleman’s estates, such as Edward Severin Clark’s Fenimore Farm. Architects designed barns such as this, built 100 years ago, to be practical: to house cows, provide storage for hay, grain, and silage, and model advances in sanitation to ensure pure milk. But they also hoped to create rural landmarks that would model new and visually striking ways to meet basic farming needs.

Curated by Cynthia G. Falk–professor at the Cooperstown Graduate Program, a master’s degree program in museum studies sponsored by SUNY Oneonta. Dr. Falk is the author of the books Barns of New York: Rural Architecture of the Empire State and Architecture and Artifacts of the Pennsylvania Germans: Constructing Identity in Early America, and served as the co-editor of Buildings & Landscapes, the journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum from 2012 to 2017.

 

Grow: An Exhibit to Get You Gardening

Gardening is healthy, easy to do, and offers great nutritional, physical, and mental benefits. Whether in your backyard, in containers on your deck, or in a community garden, you can learn how to cultivate fresh vegetables. Are you thinking about planting a backyard garden? Large landowner or apartment dweller, GROW: An Exhibition to Get You Gardening is framed with ideas and advice on how you can start growing!

Sponsored by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and Bank of Cooperstown.

Carousel

CarouselThe Empire State Carousel is a beautiful example of a traditional country fair ride. Called “the museum you can ride.” it has 25 hand-carved animals representing the agricultural and natural resources found in New York State, and chariot rides of a scallop shell (the State shellfish), an Erie Canal Boat, and an original Lover’s Tub. Other carved elements, such as folklore panels, depict Uncle Sam and Deerslayer, and portrait panels of such notable figures as Susan B. Anthony, Teddy Roosevelt, Grandma Moses and Jackie Robinson enhance the rounding boards.

There are eight foot curved murals whose paintings depict moments in New York history from the arrival of the Half Moon to the construction of Levittown. The hand carved frames around the mirrors depict 11 different regions of New York, and there are carved place names from all over the State. Even the sweeps of the carousel feature over 300 feet of hand stencils of the bluebird, rose, apple, sugar maple leaf and state map!

First conceived in 1982, it opened at The Farmers’ Museum on Memorial Day 2006 and represents voluntary artistic contributions by over 1,000 New Yorkers. Housed in a twelve-sided building, the Empire State Carousel is open during museum hours.

Cardiff Giant

The Cardiff Giant, a ten-foot-long gypsum figure known as “America’s Greatest Hoax” has been on exhibit since the 1940s at The Farmers’ Museum. The Cardiff Giant traces the story of this “petrified man,” which was the centerpiece of a moneymaking scheme by a businessman from Binghamton, New York. The Cardiff Giant was created and displayed in the 19th century, and public reaction to it reflected the scientific and religious beliefs of the time.

George Hull, a cigar-maker and get-rich-quick artist, came up with the idea to create the Giant during a business trip to Iowa. Hull, an atheist, argued with a revivalist minister about a biblical passage. The phrase “There were giants in the earth in those days” (Genesis 6:4), sparked Hull’s imagination and led to an involved plot that eventually made him a fortune.

In 1868, Hull went to Ft. Dodge, Iowa, and ordered a five-ton block of gypsum to create, he explained, a piece of patriotic statuary. The block was delivered to a stonecutter, Edward Burghardt, in Chicago, who, having been sworn to silence, created the Giant. The figure was then secretly shipped to the village of Cardiff, just south of Syracuse, where it was placed in a pit and covered. In 1869, the man on whose farm Hull had hidden the Giant hired two workmen to dig a well. He ordered then to dig it in the spot where the Giant had been buried, and the workmen thus directed soon made their startling discovery.

Word of the unearthing of a petrified man spread quickly around the countryside. People came from miles around to see the Giant, which was identified as an example of an ancient race mentioned in Genesis by some believers. “Found” in the heart of New York’s Burnt Over District, the Giant benefited from the religious fervor sweeping the area. Scientific experts offered another theory on the Giant’s origin. Dr. John F. Boynton, scientific lecturer, declared that the Giant was a statue created by a Jesuit priest during the early 17th century to awe local Indian tribes. State Geologist James Hall was also convinced that the Giant was an ancient statue. A third group said it was a hoax, but this in no way diminished its popularity.

In 1947, the Giant was sold to The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. He is now on display inside the main barn of the museum.

Historic Village

Historic VillageThe 19th-century Historic  Village is comprised of buildings gathered from rural communities around New York state and painstakingly relocated and restored, piece by piece.  Each building provides an intimate view of commercial and domestic practices common to rural life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Lippitt Farmstead

Lippitt FarmsteadThe Lippitt Farmstead is a living example of how a farm would have operated in the mid-19th-century. Seasons are celebrated at the farm with the changing scene and changing occupations: cultivation and harvesting of hops, the area’s most valuable crop of the period; nurturing of young farm animals; shearing the sheep and combing, spinning and weaving the wool. Children will delight in petting or feeding the young animals in the Children’s Barnyard. The farm is welcoming, friendly and hearty, a tribute to the pioneering spirit that shaped the American countryside.

This collection of buildings that includes two barns and six other outbuildings, animal sheds, a smoke house, and the Lippitt family farmhouse reflects the design of houses in Joseph Lippitt’s native Rhode Island. The house dates from 1800 and was built in Hinman Hollow, N.Y.