Golden Harvest Festival returns to Beaver Lake

— The colorful Golden Harvest Festival returns to Beaver Lake Nature Center this weekend.

Now in its 34th year, this popular, old-fashioned country fair style event has something for everyone. Hands-on nature activities, horse-drawn hayrides, free canoeing, fresh doughnuts, live animal demonstrations, nature hikes, 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.

"The Golden Harvest Festival is a great annual event for families to step out and enjoy the fall weather, and Beaver Lake Nature Center is the perfect place to do so. With so many different activities for people to enjoy among the many different hiking trails for them to explore, this is truly one of our best festivals of the year," said County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

Highlighting the entertainment schedule, are local favorites such as the Zydeco sounds of Los Blancos, acoustic rock with Michael Crissan, The Magic of Virgil and the Catskill Puppet People. New for 2011 are spirited fiddle and guitar sounds of The McCreas and the comic, juggling, magic of Incredible Larry.

The festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 East Mud Lake Road, three miles west of Baldwinsville off of Route 370. Admission is $5 for adults; $1 for children 6 to17 years old and children 5 and younger are free. Parking is free. For more information, call 638-2519 or visit onondagacountyparks.com.

Heidi Kortright is the communications person for Beaver Lake Nature Center.

Golden Harvest Festival Schedule of Events*

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