Ice Harvest Festival Update

measuring the ice
Measuring the ice depth

Ice Conditions

2/2/20: We appreciate visitors’ understanding, and we are grateful to the exhibitors, presenters, and volunteers who made the Ice Harvest Festival a success. Thanks to everyone who came, and think cold thoughts for next Ice Harvest Festival on February 6, 2021.

2/1/20: The 5 inches of slushy, low quality ice on the Mill pond is not safe enough for anyone to walk on. But the Ice Harvest Festival will go on as planned with lots of activities and things to do off the ice.

 1/28/2020: This has not been a good winter for growing ice. The sloppy weather over the past weekend (rain/wet snow) did not help our slowly growing ice. We have about 3 to 4 inches of slush/ice, and it is not safe for anyone to walk on.  Given these conditions, visitors will not be able to help with the ice harvest on the ice. If the ice thickens sufficiently over the next few days, Hanford Mills staff and experienced volunteers will demonstrate  ice harvesting on the ice.  We will make this decision based on the condition of the ice late in the week (or Saturday morning).

The Festival will go on despite ice conditions.

Hanford Mills Museum has conducted an ice harvest for 32 years, and safety is the priority.  At the Ice Harvest Festival, visitors can help harvest ice from the frozen pond if the ice is 8 or more inches thick. If the ice is 6-8 inches thick, Hanford Mills staff will be on the ice, and visitors can help transfer the harvested ice to the ice house.  In recent years, the depth of the ice has ranged from 7 inches to more than 18 inches.

Ice Harvest Festival Tips:

  • Dress warmly in layers. Hats, mittens or gloves, and boots are recommended.
  • Please be aware that GPS provided directions can be unreliable in our area.  Traveling on back roads can be difficult, especially in winter weather. Here are suggested directions, and we also welcome your phone calls 607/278-5744.
  • Free parking is available in the large lot across Route 12 from Hanford Mills Museum. Additional parking will be available at the Meredith Historical Society (the former Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church) at 10044 Elk Creek Road.
  • Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and AAA members, $4.50 for members of the military. See more information on admission discounts.
  • Consider becoming a member of Hanford Mills Museum. Very reasonably priced memberships offer you free admission for a full year, including to all events, like the Ice Harvest, Independence Day Celebration, Woodsmen’s Festival, and the Antique Engine Jamboree. Find out about memberships
  • Kids 12 and under and Museum members get in free.
  • If you’d like to buy food on site, bring cash. Soup is $3, cookies are $1 each. Some exhibitors only accept cash as well.

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