This years Woodsmen’s Festival at Hanford Mills Museum, will be held on Saturday, October 14. The Woodsmen’s Club of the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, which competes nationally, will be demonstrating their lumberjack skills, including overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing, and cross cut sawing.
The Woodsmen’s Festival, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm, also features music, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ activities, and exhibits by woodworkers, forestry organizations, and local businesses and organizations. Visitors also can see the historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop operating just as it did a century ago.
Singer John “Catfish” Meyer will perform from 10 am to noon, and Bourbon & Branch will perform from noon to 3:30 pm. Exhibitors include the SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Club, GTO Woodworking, Cooper Bob Allers, Don Vanhart (treadle lathe), Bernd Krause (woodworker), Seth Finch and his team of Percherons giving wagon rides (included with admission), Pure Catskills, My Woodlot, Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership (CRISP), Promisedland Farms (Swedish style hand-knit mittens and hats), Tickled Pink BBQ, Awestruck Ciders, and the Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church (pie and chili sales).
Hanford Mills Museum closes for the season on October 15. Hanford Mills will be open on February 3, 2018 for the Ice Harvest Festival, and then begin its 45th season on May 16, 2018.
Hanford Mills is located at 51 County Road 12, East Meredith. For more information, visit their website, or call (607) 278-5744.
Photo of axe demonstration provided.