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Hanford Mills Ice Harvest Festival

  • Hanford Mills Museum 51 County Highway 12 East Meredith, NY 13757 (map)

The Region’s Coolest Tradition
February 6, 2016, 10 am – 4 pm (held each year on the first Saturday in February)

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  ice house.

The Festival also includes a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, like ice fishing (with the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited, who provide all equipment), ice sculpting (by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team) and blacksmithing demonstrations, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a hot soup buffet featuring soup from local restaurants, bonfires, cooking demonstrations, local farmers and vendors, films of ice harvests in the 1920s-1940s, snowman village, and more. It’s a wonderful day of hands-on history and winter fun.


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.

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

The Ice Harvest Festival is sponsored by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Management DepartmentFive Star Subaru, and WSKG.


Hot Soup Buffet, Food Trucks, and Local Farmers and Businesses

The Hot Soup Buffet is a favorite way for visitors to warm up during Ice Harvest. Sample soup from favorite area restaurants, including: the Autumn CaféOtesaga Resort HotelRed Caboose Restaurant & BarOneonta Bagel CompanySUNY Delhi Hospitality Program, Denny’s, Alfresco’s Italian BistroThe Depot Restaurant and TavernJay’s Place,  Sloan’s New York GrillJackie’s RestaurantDoubleday CafeCafe OmmegangCross Roads Cafe, Delhi Diner,  Meredith Inn,  Brooks’ House of BBQ,  Fiesta Mexican GrillDanny’s Market, and Toscana Northern Italian Grill. Proceeds from the soup buffet and cookie sale (baked goods provided by Junkyard Bakehaus) benefit the Museum’s educational programs.

Local businesses and farmers at the Ice Harvest Festival are:  Byebrook Farm (cheese), Cooperstown Distillery, Promisedland Farm (wool hats and mittens), Larry’s Custom Meats, the Ate.o.Ate Food Truck, and Cabana Coffee.

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