Ice Harvest Festival


Ice Harvest Festival

10 am – 4 pm on Saturday, February 7, 2015

The Region’s Coolest TraditionIce Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum

Take part in a traditional ice harvest as you walk out on the frozen mill pond to help cut and maneuver blocks of ice using historic tools. The ice will be transported by sled and then packed in the Museum’s traditional ice house. The Festival also includes:

  • Horse-drawn sleigh rides
  • Hot soup buffet with soups from favorite area restaurants
  • Local farmers and vendors, including Promisedland Farm (hand-knit hats and mittens), Byebrook Farm (Gouda cheese), Ate.o.Ate Food Truck (lunch and snack items), Leroux & Co. (handmade soaps), Cooperstown Distillery (tastings).
  • Bonfires
  • Ice Fishing Clinic led by volunteers from the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited
  • Ice Sculpting by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team
  • Films showing ice harvests from the 1920s-1940s
  • Traditional cooking demonstrations the John Hanford House (10 am – 2 pm)
  • Blacksmithing at the Forge
  • Snowman village and winter fun
  • Tabletop games in the Hanford House (10 am – 4 pm)
  • Ice House packing
  • More activities will be added as they are confirmed

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.

See photos from the 2014 Ice Harvest

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

This video by Delaware County Tourism show highlights from the 2013 Ice Harvest. Editing by Jessica Vecchione, owner of Vecc Videography in Hamden.

Hot Soup Buffet
The Hot Soup Buffet is a favorite way for visitors to warm up during Ice Harvest. Soup is donated by area restaurants to benefit the Museum’s Educational Programs. Visitors can enjoy a selection of delicious soups made by:

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, who attended Ice Harvest in 2013