farmers-museum.JPG Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown will mark Independence Day with a special two-day celebration Sunday and Monday, July 3rd and 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Each day there will be free ice cream for the first 500 paid visitors (sponsored by Huffs Ice Cream) and $2.00 off admission for everyone.  Kids 6 and under, NYSHA Members, as well as active and retired career military personnel are always free. On Sunday July 3, enjoy an afternoon of American Favorites including ballpark hot dogs and jazz!  There will be a hot dog competition starting at 11:00 a.m.  Actual ballpark franks (with all the fixings) from baseball stadiums around the country will be on sale.  Try them all and vote for your favorite!  Featured franks include Yankee Dog, Fenway Frank, Pirate's Hot Italian, Brewer's Brat and more. At 3:00 p.m., the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All-Stars.   Swing to classic jazz sounds including the works of Count Basie, Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman bands. Concert tickets: $15/student; $25 adult.  Visit CooperstownMusicFest.org for more information. On Monday, July 4th, experience a traditional Fourth of July with activities to keep you in the spirit all day long!  Enjoy an old-fashioned family carnival, take part in 19th-century competitions like sack races and a rolling pin toss.  Compete and win prizes!  Many more contests will take place including a skillet toss for adults.  ($5 per person includes free skillet, contestants must pre-register).  Witness the excitement of a pie eating contest sponsored by the Fly Creek Cider Mill and Orchard at 2:00 p.m. (Limited to the first 30 entries - contestants must pre-register).  Hear the muskets blast with our Militia Musters from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and brush up on your history with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1:00 pm.  There will even be puppet shows to entertain you through the day! Ongoing demonstrations include blacksmithing, printing, open hearth cooking, and more.  As always, you can tour the museum on a horse-drawn wagon, ride The Empire State Carousel, and visit the baby animals at the Children's Barnyard.  Special highlight activities take place at select times.  Visit FarmersMuseum.org for a full schedule and information or pick up a program when you arrive. Admission to the Independence Celebration is $10 for adults,  $8.50 for seniors, $4 for juniors (age 7-12).  Children (age 6 and under), members of the New York State Historical Association, as well as active and retired career military personnel always receive free admission.  

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About The Farmers' Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late- nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes toplows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region. For more information or images, please contact: Todd Kenyon, Public Relations New York State Historical Association Fenimore Art Museum/The Farmers' Museum Phone: (607) 547-1472 / E-mail: t.kenyon@nysha.org