Golden Harvest Festival

Our 44th Year!

Saturday, September 10, 2022
10:00am - 6:00pm

Sunday, September 11, 2022
10:00am - 5:00pmGolden Harvest Festival2

Cash ONLY is accepted at the ticket booths. 

$5 - adults
$1 - children (6-17 years old)
Free - 5 & under
An ATM is located inside the Festival at the Visitor Center and many vendors accept credit cards.

(Tickets for Enchanted Beaver Lake will not be sold at Golden Harvest Festival.)

8477 East Mud Lake Road
Baldwinsville, New York


On-Site Parking is available in the Nature Center's grassy overflow lot and in the field one mile north of the Nature Center, this lot will have a free shuttle to the Festival. Both lots are located on East Mud Lake Road.
Off-Site Parking is available at the Tops Friendly Market Parking Lot located at 2265 Downer Street, Baldwinsville. This lot will have a free shuttle to the Festival. 
Please note: All shuttle buses are school buses, as such storage for strollers/wagons is limited. We strongly encourage bringing umbrella type strollers and collapsible wagons, if possible. Accessible buses will be available. 


Click here to download the 2022 Golden Harvest Festival map/layout

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 and Wild Critter Call 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 • $3.00

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 outside near the Arboretum • FREE

Balloon Art
Near the Midway ticket booth • $2.00


Contestants must register at the information table in front of the Visitor Center. Space is limited. See schedule for contest times. 

Living Scarecrow Contest
Who doesn't like to dress up in some old clothes, stuff yourself with straw and compete for audience applause?! Come to the hill in front of the Small Stage 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled contest time,

Wild Critter Call
A perfect chance to let out your inner animal! Crowd applause will determine the winning entry.

Pie Eating Contest
Messy & Delicious! There are two divisions: Ages 13 & up; Ages 12 & under. Sign up at the information booth in front of the Visitor Center.

2022 Entertainment Schedule



Main Stage Main Stage
10:00 am – Dan Duggan 10:00 am – Dan Duggan
10:45 am – Westcott Jugsuckers 10:30 am – Catskill Puppet Theater
11:30 am – Catskill Puppet Theater 12:15 pm - Wildlife Series
12:15 pm – Westcott Jugsuckers 1:15 pm – Catskill Puppet Theater
1:00 pm – Wild Critter Call 2:00 pm – Los Blancos
1:30 pm – Wildlife Series 3:00 pm – Wildlife Series 
2:15 pm – Catskill Puppet Theater
4:00 pm – Los Blancos 
3:00 pm – Wildlife Series  
3:45 pm – Franklin Mint  
4:30 pm – Wild Critter Call  
5:00 pm – Franklin Mint  
Gazebo Gazebo
10:00 am - Jeff the Magic Man 10:00 am –  Jeff the Magic Man
11:00 am - Harmonic Dirt 11:00 am - Charley Orlando
12:00 pm – Dan Duggan
12:00 pm – Mike MacDonald
2:00 pm – William Nicholson 1:00 pm – Dan Duggan 
3:00 pm – Harmonic Dirt 2:00 pm – Charley Orlando
4:00 pm - William Nicholson 3:00 pm – Mike MacDonald
5:00 pm - Jeff the Magic Man 4:00 pm -  Jeff the Magic Man
Small Stage Small Stage
11:00 am – Wild Critter Call 11:00 am – Wild Critter Call 
12:00 pm – Pie Eating Contest 12:00 pm – Pie Eating Contest
2:15 pm – Incredible Larry 12:30 pm – Living Scarecrow Contest
3:15 pm – Pie Eating Contest 1:30 pm – Incredible Larry
3:45 pm – Living Scarecrow Contest 2:45 pm – Pie Eating Contest
4:15 pm – Incredible Larry 3:15 pm – Wild Critter Call
  4:00 pm – Incredible Larry 
Schedule/Musicians subject to change.  

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.

Charley Orlando
After 17 albums, and over 3,000 shows in North America, 200+ original songs, 28 Grammy Ballot Nominations and over 30 years in the music industry, Charley Orlando has settled into a multi-faceted music career. Mainly playing solo shows that display his veteran songwriting style and unique rhythmic approach to the guitar, while pushing himself to create on all levels. Currently Charley is working on material for his 18th release and a tour to follow.

Dan DugganAs a recipient of the prestigious National Hammered Dulcimer Championship, Dan’s accomplishment, though based on technical merit, is even more impressive as he is the first winner to have performed all original compositions.

Franklin Mint Classic Rock Cover band from Victor, NY.

Harmonic Dirt - Harmonic Dirt is a collaboration of multi-instrumentalist Mike Gridley and lyricist and bassist Susan Coleman based in Central New York. They are joined by Taylor Bucci on banjo and vocals, and James DaRin on percussion. The husband and wife duo of Coleman and Gridley are prolific songwriters, developing stories that draw from the rich heritage of American folk and roots music, but also weaving themes from literature, historical events, and personal observations into the mix.

Jeff the Magic Man – Jeff’s award-winning shows are family friendly for children of all ages. He has performed on television and in schools, libraries, and malls across New York State.

Incredible Larry
- A comic juggler, Larry has performed coast to coast at festivals, casinos, amusement parks, and theaters 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.

Mike MacDonald - Mike MacDonald is a native of Central New York possessing a natural, self-taught talent for performing a wide variety of acoustic rock covers. Specializing in Neil Young tributes, Mike has participated the last 10 years in Neil Young events such as the Annual Central New York Neil Young Birthday Bash.

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

Wildlife Series -The World of Animals - Fascinating and informative birds of prey and reptile show. Brian Robinson has been providing wildlife education since 1993.

William NicholsonA road-worn veteran of the massive USA touring clubs and colleges, as well as some pretty odd little places like churches and farmer's markets. Nicholson has a unique 11-string acoustic harp guitar and performs as a one man folk acoustic band, singing songs that he writes with the deepest respect for tradition, but with a pretty radical progressive writer's voice of his own.

Artists & Crafters

A variety local and regional artists and crafters offering their original work for sale. Click here for a list of 2022 artists & crafters. Subject to change.

The Food!

Chicken fingers • burgers • hot dogs • falafel • blooming onions • crepes • pasta • sandwiches • ribbon chips • Hawaiian shaved ice • hot pretzels • cinnamon roasted nuts • Beaver Lake's famous homemade donuts and more! Subject to change.

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 a ticket to the festival! All ages welcome (under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult) and scout/school/volunteer groups are encouraged to apply as well. Click here to go to online form.  Call (315) 638-2519 or email us at for more information.

Reminder: Pets are not allowed at Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Still have questions?? Call us call at (315) 638-2519 or email us at

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