The Farmers’ Museum Tractorfest

Tractor Fest

Tractor Fest at the Farmers' MuseumSaturday & Sunday, October 10–11 • 10:00 am–5:00 pm • Full schedule coming (pdf)

Learn about the world of tractors and all the activities they powered on New York farms. See classic tractors, small engines, and other machinery, representing the advance of farming technology.

  • Over 60 classic tractors
  • See tractors at work thrashing oats and baling oat straw (1:30 & 3:30 pm both days)
  • Kiddie pedal-tractor riding for kids age 7 and younger, with free carousel rides for all participants (both days)
  • Tractor parade (starts at 12:00 pm on Sunday)
  • Wagon rides pulled by the Ford Golden Jubilee tractor (1:00-4:00 pm both days)
  • An 8×8 Corn Box (a sandbox with corn instead of sand) with toy tractors for kids to play with.
  • Build your own toolbox or birdhouse
  • An exhibit of antique milking machines
  • Presentation of the check to Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund by Tired Iron of the Butternut Valley (12:00 pm on Saturday)
  • A quarter-scale Dutch Barn Timber Frame model brought by the National Barn Alliance. Weighing 1,100 pounds, the model is a 3-D puzzle that displays how barns were made, touching on science, history and engineering.
  • Toys of Yesterday – Enjoy farm toys and pickups in the Main Barn, courtesy of Troy Deamer of Owego
  • NYCAMH will have a table and display on farm safety as well as a youth activity that has children identify farm hazards on a model scale farm.
  • 1920 Ohio Cultivator Baler coutesy of Tired Iron Club of Butternut Valley
  • 1918 Case Hay Press owned by Tom Gerkin of Central NY Antique Engine Club
  • Gunsmithing (Saturday) and making traditional hardware (Sunday) in the Field Blacksmith Shop

Take advantage of all the delightful activities that happen every day at The Farmers’ Museum:

  • Firing the brick oven for bread baking
  • Roasting on the open hearth
  • Try your hand at the Liberty Press
  • Broom making and weaving in the Westcott Shop
  • Play traditional games
  • Take a spin on The Empire State Carousel – the museum you can ride!
  • And all the activities in the historic buildings, too numerous to mention!

Crossroads Cafe: Fuel up from a choice of barbeque pulled pork, half-pound hamburgers and cheeseburgers, sausage w/peppers and onions, apple cider doughnuts, ice cream, and fresh apple-cider slushies.

Todd’s General Store: Original and reproduction 19th-century products such as ceramics, glassware, band boxes, tinware, brooms, candles, soaps, candies, toys and games.

The Farmers’ Museum Store: Merchandise based on the history and culture of New York State and rural America. Handcrafted items produced by our highly skilled staff and local artisans are featured. A section containing toys, games, books and crafts will please children of all ages!

Admission to Tractor Fest is included with paid museum admission: $12 adults (13+), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12). Children age 6 and younger are free, as well as members of the New York State Historical Association. Join today!

The Farmers’ Museum would like to particularly thank Tired Iron of the Butternut Valley Club and Central New York Antique Engine Club for all they have done to make this event a success, and Bank of Cooperstown for sponsoring this event.