Golden Harvest Festival

GHF logowebSaturday, September 12 • 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, September 13 • 10:00am - 5:00pm

$5 adults; $1 children (6-17 years old); 5 & under free
(Go for FREE...Volunteer one full shift and get tickets for BOTH days! Click here for info.)

Free Parking on site and also at the River Mall/Tops Market parking lot in Baldwinsville. A continuous shuttle will run throughout the event to the festival grounds. The River Mall is located at 2265 Downer Street, Baldwinsville. 

Please note: Pets are not allowed at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Now in its 38th year, this old-fashioned, country fair-style event has something for everyone. Hands-on nature activities, horse-drawn hayrides, free canoeing, fresh doughnuts, live animal demonstrations, unique games, great shopping with local artists and crafters, and an eclectic mix of live music and entertainment round out the weekend. Audience participation has long been a mainstay of the program as visitors serve as both contestants and judges in the signature Living Scarecrow, Wild Critter Call, and Pie Eating contests. 


Super Natural Midway
Original games include Beaver Tail Toss, Rack Up the Points, Leapin' Lily Pads and more. Everyone is a winner here • $1.00 ( to play all the games!)

Paddle a Canoe
Watch for wildlife, such as osprey, beavers, and painted turtles • FREE

Nature Trail Challenge
Pick up a scavenger hunt challenge sheet from the Ask A Naturalist booth just outside of the visitors center. This adventure will take you down a short path to the lake, as you test your detective skills searching for things hidden in the woods • FREE

Enjoy a leisurely ride along the Pine Meadow Trail • $2.00

Farmer Market
Wylie Fox Farm of Cato, NY will be on hand with a selection of fresh organic vegetables for sale.

Meet Members
of the CNY Wood Carvers, Friends of Beaver Lake and other organizations.

Nature's Niche
Hands on crafts for kids inside the Visitor Center • FREE

Face Painting • $1.00

Petting Zoo • $2.00

Balloon Art • $2.00


(See Entertainment Schedule for times)
Living Scarecrow Contest
Come to the hill in front of the Small Stage 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled contest time, dress up in some old clothes, stuff yourself with straw and compete for audience applause.

Wild Critter Call
Crowd applause will determine the winning entry.

Pie Eating Contest
There are two divisions: Ages 13 & up, and Children 12 & under. Sign up at the information booth in front of the Visitor Center.

Entertainment Schedule

Saturday, September 12
Main Stage
9:45am - Dan Duggan
10:45am - Westcott Jugsuckers
11:30am - Catskill Puppet Theater
12:15pm - Westcott Jugsuckers
1:00pm - Wild Critter Call
1:30pm - Wildlife Series
2:15pm - Catskill Puppet Theater
3:00pm - Wildlife Series
3:45pm - The Bog Brothers
4:30pm - Wild Critter Call
5:00pm - The Bog Brothers

10:00am - The McCarthy Family
11:00am - The Magic of Virgil
12:00pm - The McCarthy Family
1:00pm - Charley Orlando
2:00pm - The Magic of Virgil
3:00pm - Charley Orlando
4:00pm - Dan Duggan

Small Stage
12:00pm - Pie Eating Contest
2:15pm - Incredible Larry
3:15pm - Pie Eating Contest
3:45pm - Living Scarecrow
4:15pm - Incredible Larry

Sunday, September 13
Main Stage
9:45am - Dan Duggan
10:30am - Catskill Puppet Theater
11:15am - Tim Herron
12:15pm - Wildlife Series
1:00pm - Wild Critter Call
1:15pm - Catskill Puppet Theater
2:00pm - Los Blancos
3:00pm - Wildlife Series
4:00pm - Los Blancos

10:45am - Steve Pfanenstiel
11:30am - The Magic of Virgil
12:30pm - Amanda Rogers
1:30pm - Tim Herron
2:30pm - The Magic of Virgil
3:30pm - Dan Duggan

Small Stage
12:00pm - Pie Eating Contest
12:30pm - Living Scarecrow
1:30pm - Incredible Larry
2:45pm - Pie Eating Contest
3:15pm - Wild Critter Call
4:00pm - Incredible Larry

schedule subject to change

The Bog Brothers
The Brothers were formed by a group of like-minded musicians in the Central New York area who share a love of playing Americana music and have a good time doing it. From roots and folk music , to Americana, the Bog Brothers frequently mine deep tracks that music lovers will appreciate.

Catskill Puppet Theater
Full sets, colorful scenery and beautiful puppets combine with art, music, drama and American folk culture to transform even the simplest environment into a fantasy world rich with wonder and excitement.

Dan Duggan
This nationally touring performer and teacher, is rapidly being acknowledged as one of the finest dulcimer players and composers in the country. As recipient of the prestigious National Hammered Dulcimer Championship, Dan's accomplishment, though based on technical merit, is even more considerable as he is the first winner to have performed all original compositions.

Tim Herron
Tim has been a mainstay on the upstate NY music scene for years.  He blends folk, jazz, rock and blues into an eclectic mix of American roots music.  With six albums as the leader of the Tim Herron Corporation and one solo album Tim tours constantly throughout the region bringing his unique guitar style and songwriting to music festivals, clubs, house concerts and local taverns.

Incredible Larry
A comic juggler, Larry  has performed coast to coast at festivals, casinos, amusement parks, and theatres since 1992.

Los Blancos
Their music spans style and time. They rip through blues, Memphis Soul, rockin' Zydeco, Latin, and folk, all played with passion and finesse.

The Magic of Virgil
Close-up, sleight of hand, audience participation and grand illusions by the award-winning magician.

The McCarthy Family
Jim, on guitars and vocal, Deirdre, on concertina, tin whistle, spoons, harp, and vocals, and Shane, on guitar, mandolin, and vocals. The group features folk and pop favorites sung in three-part harmony as well as songs from Deirdre's native Ireland.

Charley Orlando
Charley Orlando is the essence of heart in music.His song writing is in the realm of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Ryan Adams and Jeff Tweedy but at the same time nothing like any of them! There are artists who ride waves and artists whom part the sea creating a new sound! Charley has been parting the sea his whole career and this music is no exception! 

Steve Pfanenstiel
When not frying donuts, this Beaver Lake volunteer will entertain you with folk and soft rock selections from the likes of Gordon Lightfoot, John Denver, James Taylor and an Adirondack favorite, Dan Berggren.

Amanda Rogers
Often compared to the likes of Tori Amos for her fairy esthetic and classical roots, Tom Waits for her dark and literary lyrics, and Carole King for her Tin Pan Alley Pop sensibility, Upstate NY native, Amanda Rogers, has continued her 15 year musical journey on her self paved career path as an original and independent touring and recording artist. An accomplished and versatile songwriter and pianist, timid when she takes the stage, her first fragile notes transform into clear soul-resonating melodies.

Westcott Jugsuckers 
Tune up some Delta-style blues with slide guitar, washboard, harmonica and tuba.

Wildlife Series
Fascinating and informative birds of prey and reptile show. Brian Robinson has been providing wildlife education since 1993. His animals have been featured on many national television shows such as  The Today Show.

Artists & Crafters

Click here for complete list of participating vendors.

The Food!

chicken bbq • pulled pork • paella • meatball subs • grilled cheese • pizza • falafel • spinach pie • burritos • hummus • gyros • grape leaves • quesadillas • portabella mushroom sandwiches • steak sandwiches • fajitas • bbq beef sandwiches • ribs • hot dogs • vegetable patties • blooming onions • ribbon chips • Hawaiian shaved ice • fresh squeezed lemonade • apples & caramel • cinnamon roasted almonds, pecans & cashews • flavored coffee • salt potatoes • baked beans • soft serve ice cream • pastries •  smoothies • Beaver Lake's famous homemade donuts and more!

Volunteers Wanted!

Help is needed in many different areas of the event. Work one whole shift and get a free event t-shirt, as well as tickets to both days of the 2015 festival! Click here to download application/list of positions or call (315) 638-2519 for more information.

Attention Artists/Crafters and Food Vendors...

Space is still available for this years event. Click on the links below or call (315) 638-2519 for more information.
Click here to download the artist/crafter informational brochure. 
Click here to download the artist/crafter application. 
Click here to download the food vendor information & application.