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Ice Harvest Festival 2017

February 4, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Ice Harvest Festival

The Ice Harvest Festival is held the first Saturday in FebruaryThe Region’s Coolest Tradition
Held each year on the first Saturday in February
February 4, 2017, 10 am – 4 pm at Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY 13757

(From http://www.hanfordmills.org/)

Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months.

Each year on the first Saturday of February, Hanford Mills Museum celebrates this rural tradition with the Ice Harvest Festival. Using historic tools and techniques, visitors can cut and maneuver blocks of ice from the Mill Pond, and then transport the blocks to the ice house by sled. Food, demonstrations, bonfires, and vendors round out a day of hands-on history and winter fun.

The Ice Harvest Festival  offers a variety of indoor and outdoor activities:

  • ice sculpting by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team, see block of ice transformed into beautiful works of art.
  • ice fishing, the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will offer kids the chance to ice fish
  • blacksmith demonstrations
  • horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • a hot soup buffet featuring soup from local restaurants
  • bonfires
  • cooking demonstrations
  • local farmers and vendors including Byebrook Farm (Gouda cheese), Promisedland Farm (handknit Swedish-style mittens and hats), the Cooperstown Distillery
  • films of ice harvests in the 1920s-1940s
  • a snowman village
  • painting auction: celebrated equine artist Werner Rentsch attended the Ice Harvest Festival a few years ago. He donated the painting he was inspired to make, “Ice Cutting at Hanford Mills NY” to benefit the Museum. The painting will be auctioned off at Ice Harvest. You may bid online on this painting now.

Children (12 and under) receive free admission. Museum members also receive free admission. (More information on admission and discounts.)

Did you know? The ice we harvest will be used to make ice cream at the Hanford Mills Museum Independence Day Celebration.

Hot Soup BuffetIce Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum

The Hot Soup Buffet is a favorite way for visitors to warm up during Ice Harvest. At the 2016 festival, soup was donated by the Autumn Café, Otesaga Resort Hotel, Red Caboose Restaurant & Bar, Oneonta Bagel Company, SUNY Delhi Hospitality Program, Denny’s, Alfresco’s Italian Bistro, The Depot Restaurant and Tavern, Jay’s Place,  Sloan’s New York Grill, Jackie’s Restaurant, Doubleday CafeCafe OmmegangCross Roads Cafe, Delhi Diner,  Meredith InnBrooks’ House of BBQ,  Fiesta Mexican Grill, Danny’s Market, Cooperstown Diner, Toscana Northern Italian Grill, Cantina de Salsa, Bella Michael’s RestaurantBlue Bee Cafe, Humphrey’s, Applebee’s, the Tulip and the Rose Cafe, Mel’s at 22,  and Plaza Diner. Proceeds from the soup buffet and cookie sale (baked goods provided by Junkyard Bakehaus) benefited the Museum’s educational programs.


Ice Harvest in the News

“It’s such a slice of Americana. It’s why we love living up here. It’s a beautiful community event.”
-Teri Borst

ice sawing collage

Thank you to Q. Cassetti for designing the Ice Harvest Festival logo.


February 4, 2017
10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Hanford Mills Museum


Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Highway 12
East Meredith, 13757
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