The annual Hanford Mills Ice Harvest Festival will be held today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Using vintage tools, children and adults may walk out on the frozen mill pond to cut and maneuver blocks of ice. The goal is to fill the ice house, which can hold approximately seven tons of ice, some of which will be used to make ice cream for the museum’s Independence Day celebration.
The festival also offers horse-drawn sleigh rides, a hot soup buffet, blacksmithing demos, storytelling and children’s activities. The SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team will be making ice sculptures on site, and members of the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will show visitors how to ice fish on the mill pond.
Children 12 and are admitted free. Adult admission is $8.50; seniors, $6.50. AAA and other discounts are available. Museum members receive free admission, as do people living in zip codes 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750 and 13806.