2017 Golden Harvest Festival

GHF logowebSaturday, September 9, 2017 • 10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, September 10, 2017 • 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 40th 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. 


schedule subject to change

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
Wyllie 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

Contests - 2017 Contest Schedule Coming Soon...

(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 - 2017 Schedule Coming Soon...

Saturday, September 10
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 - Above the Dam
4:30pm - Wild Critter Call
5:00pm - Above the Dam

10:00am - Sheralyn Jeanne
11:00am - Magic of Chris Wheel
12:00pm - Sheralyn Jeanne
1:00pm - Michael Crissan
2:00pm - Magic of Chris Wheel
3:00pm - Michael Crissan
4:00pm - Dan Duggan

Small Stage
11:00am - Wild Critter Call
12:00pm - Pie Eating Contest
2:15pm - Incredible Larry
3:15pm - Pie Eating Contest
3:45pm - Living Scarecrow
4:15pm - Incredible Larry

Sunday, September 11
Main Stage
9:45am - Dan Duggan
10:30am - Catskill Puppet Theater
11:15am - DownBeat Percussion
12:15pm - Wildlife Series
1:15pm - Catskill Puppet Theater
2:00pm - Los Blancos
3:00pm - Wildlife Series
4:00pm - Los Blancos

10:45am - Open Season
11:30am - Magic of Chris Wheel
12:30pm - DownBeat Percussion
1:30pm - Oswego Vally Fiddlers
2:30pm - Magic of Chris Wheel
3:30pm - Dan Duggan

Small Stage
11:00am - Wild Critter Call
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

Above the Dam
Above the Dam Band plays a great array of Americana based original and eclectic cover tunes. The band is composed of Mark Nelson on electric violin, Rick Murray playing lead guitar and sharing singing and songwriting duties along with Tom Fiore who holds the beat on rhythm guitar. Above the Dam draws its influences from a wide array of artists including The Band, Little Feat, Steve Earle, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, and Stoney LaRue. They just released their 1st CD, "Paper & Pen". It includes several original crafted tunes along with some great cover tunes.

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.

DownBeat Percussion
DownBeat Percussion is a musical ensemble based in Central, NY.  DownBeat specializes in percussion performance and education and serves as the official drumline of the Buffalo Bills ("The Stampede!") and performs throughout the Northeast and Canada. 

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.

Magic of Chris Wheel
Chris Wheel has been performing for and amazing audiences with his special brand of magic for the last 8 years. Born into a family of performers, Chris’ show is full of comedy, music, and magic. 

Michael Crissan
Michael Crissan began his musical career in Syracuse, NY. In the 20+ years he has performed here, he has become a genuine highlight of the music scene. A solo act, Michael chooses to cover songs from Dave Matthews to Van Morrison, from the Counting Crows to the Indigo Girls, as well as performing his own striking original material. He has a sharp ability to read an audience and an easy command of a full range of music. 

Open Season
Steve Pfanenstiel was born and raised in Colorado, where he developed a love of folk music; especially Gordon Lightfoot and John Denver. He has been playing guitar since the early 70’s and singing even longer. Mark Porter was born in Syracuse but moved to New Orleans at the age of eight where he grew up and fell in love with the food, the music and Mardi Gras. Mark is now back in Syracuse with his wife and son. After meeting at a local open mic, Steve and Mark formed the duo “Open Season”. 

Sheralyn Jeanne
Syracuse based singer/songwriter, Sheralyn Jeanne, strives to create a unique sound that showcases her love of folk, jazz, and experimental music. After her SAMMY award-winning album with local band, Early Bird, Sheralyn has traveled around Central New York introducing music from her upcoming solo album to be released November 1, 2016.

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 - 2017 List Coming Soon...

Click here for complete list of 2016 participating vendors. Space is still available for this year's event. Click here for information & application.

The Food!

chicken bbq • pulled pork • paella • meatball subs • grilled cheese • pizza • falafel • spinach pie • hummus • gyros • grape leaves • portabella mushroom sandwiches • steak sandwiches • bbq beef sandwiches • ribs • hot dogs • vegetable patties • blooming onions • ribbon chips • Hawaiian shaved ice • fresh squeezed lemonade • apples & caramel • Spam sandwiches • 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! subject to change

Attention Food Vendors, space is still available for this year's event. Click here for 2017 information & application.

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 festival! Click here to download application/list of positions or call (315) 638-2519 for more information.

Still have questions?? Email us at blnc@ongov.net or call (315) 638-2519.

Golden Harvest Festival is a Zero Waste Event.

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