Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith will hold its 30th annual Ice Harvest FestivalÂ from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Seven to eight tons of ice are harvested each year, using historical tools and techniques, according to a media release. Organizers said Thursday there will be 10 to 12 inches of ice on the mill pond and visitors will be able to take part in the harvest.
Hanford Mills Executive Director Liz Callahan said the event draws 1,200 or more people each year.Â The ice harvested at the festival will be used to make ice cream at the museumâ€™s Independence Day celebration on July 4.
The festival will also feature ice carving, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a snowman village, hot soup buffet, food trucks, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, and exhibits by local businesses and farmers.
Children 12 and younger will receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9; senior admission is $7. Discounts are available for teachers, first responders, veterans, members of the military, EBT cardholders and AAA members. Hanford Mills Museum members will receive free admission.
Hanford Mills is at 51 CountyÂ RouteÂ 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10Â and 12, 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.