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


(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 9
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 - Mike Powell
4:30pm - Wild Critter Call
5:00pm - Mike Powell

10:00am - Boots n' Shorts
11:00am - The Magic of Virgil
12:00pm - Above the Dam
1:00pm - Boots n' Shorts
2:00pm - The Magic of Virgil
3:00pm - Above the Dam
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 10
Main Stage
9:45am - Dan Duggan
10:30am - Catskill Puppet Theater
11:15am - Above the Dam
12:15pm - Wildlife Series
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 - Open Season
1:30pm - Above the Dam
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.

Boots n' Shorts
Boots n’ Shorts carries on the tradition of old-time music while making it relevant to a modern audience. Meeting at the crossroads of mountain music and the merry pranksters, they introduce new sounds to old-timers and old sounds to new-timers. Blending backgrounds in bluegrass, folk, old-time, jazz, blues, and psychedelic rock, BnS has a large repertoire of original music, classics, and traditional tunes.They have performed live on Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble on WCNY 91.3fm, & have been featured on WAER 88.3fm’s Common Threads with Larry Hoyt.

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
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.

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 Virgil
Virgil uses a combination of dynamic illusions and non stop audience interaction that commands your attention. Virgil has performed thousands of shows nationwide as well as in Bermuda, London, Mexico, and Russia.

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”.

Mike Powell
Mike Powell left the Town of Champion in 2001 and went on to Syracuse University where, in four years, he became the most decorated college lacrosse player in the history of the sport.After college, despite being the number one draft pick in both professional lacrosse leagues, Mike declined the offers to play professionally and instead packed up his guitar and hit the road to play music in coffee shops and folk houses all over the American west. He is an open-chested free spirit and an absolute prolific writer with over 200 songs already in his arsenal.

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 2017 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.

During your visit to Onondaga County Parks, you may be photographed, videotaped, or filmed by Onondaga County Parks or authorized parties. Your attendance/admission serves as permission for use of these images by Onondaga County Parks. Commercial photography or filming is prohibited without permission of Onondaga County Parks.