Posted in music | tour dates on September 23, 2009

Harvest Festial

The NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair is a 3-day, 3-night event about cannabis liberation. A portion of the proceeds benefit pro-freedom activism in NY and beyond. This year 30 musical acts and entertainers, with some of the best in Funk, Rock, Jam, Reggae, World, Hip hop, Break Beats & Hardcore, all at one event. Speakers, Poets and Performers will educate and entertain you in between acts. Join us for three days of great music, activist opportunities, great people, good vibes & so much more!
It's happening October 9th- 12th in Hancock, NY. There's music from The Wailers, "420 Funk Mob with special guest George Clinton" and others. Tickets are on sale now. More info below...

Harvest Festial
Harvest Festial
Music lineup
The Wailers
420 Funk Mob with special guest George Clinton
Tony Vacca & World Rhythms with special guest Massamba Diop
Thousands of One
EARTH (Classic Black Sabbath Tribute)
Prospect Hill
The Jack
Digital Frontier
Unexplained Bacon
Half Step
Maganhans Revival
Swamp Daddies
Free Grass Union
Justin Holmes
Rob Robinson
The Bus People
Plus 3 Sonicbids Winners & More Acts TBA!

High Folks!

The New York Harvest Festival was the side project of the Annual HempSplash which was first held at Arrowhead Ranch in Parksville, NY. Founded by Rob Robinson at Lembo Lake in Modena, NY in 1995, in 1997 HF moved to Earlton and then Johnstown in 1998. From 1999 - 2003 HF called Echo Lake (Afton) its home. In 2004 we had our 10th Annual at Moose River Park (Lyonsdale). In 2005 HF was held at Tall Pines for one year and this will be our fourth year at the beautiful Camp Minglewood (Hancock).

The event began and remains today as a fundraiser for activism that Rob Robinson does in the Northeast. In 1998 he was joined by his current partner, Jen Rog. From New Paltz NORML to End Prohibition Now!, they have been fighting for your freedom and to end the war on cannabis users for years, making changes in the political and social worlds.

NY Harvest Festival is a 3-day, 3-night exploration of culture. We ARE this culture, we are not counter to it! We have a peaceful gathering every year at a campground, where on private property people gather to be themselves and enjoy a little bit of freedom with like-minded folks.

The Festival Features:

Music & Live Entertainment:
Friday (4:20pm-9am) - Saturday (11am-9am) - Sunday (11am-3am).
Camping: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday nights.
Gates Open: Friday-10am, Close: Monday-Noon.
Activist Opportunities, Booths & Speakers in-between acts.
Vendor Village: Craft & Food (over 40 booths).
An amazing temporary community of friendly people you won't forget.
Light Shows, Fire Spinning, Visuals, Movies, Seminars, DJs, Poets & Performers, Lakeside Autumn Views of Rolling Hills, Paved Paths, Clean Toilets (we won a Relix Reader's Award!), and a safe, friendly environment for you to be yourselves in.



Comments (23)

Shit. Forgot what I was going to say.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 11:30 AM

im a huge stoner and this STILL looks fucking dumb.

Posted by anooooon | September 23, 2009 11:30 AM

Earth is the only exciting part about this fest. and i'm pretty sure most people don't think that drone is too exciting.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 12:08 PM


Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 12:30 PM

pretty sure it's not the same EARTH you're thinking of, bubba.

i highly doubt the real EARTH would do some stupid ass carnie style schwag weed fest like this. if so, my respect for them has plummeted.

though it would be cool to see the real EARTH play sabbath songs. just sayin...

and yeah, i'm a fucking pothead and this looks fucking dumb.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 3:01 PM

totally support norml but this I would never.

anyone ever go to that pot parade thing that ends up in battery park? ughhh 3 days of that.

Posted by Anonymous | September 23, 2009 4:27 PM

yall need to stop hating you fake stoners me and my homegirls are there.....

Posted by dabaddest | September 25, 2009 9:53 AM

Can someone bring acid back to the city, please?

Posted by Anonymous | September 25, 2009 11:09 AM

Whatever haters! George Clinton is the shit, and Im a burnout who will attend and indeed have an amazing time at this event!

Posted by Diamante K | September 28, 2009 8:32 AM

Yeah Hancock!

Posted by Anonymous | September 30, 2009 10:49 AM

yo you all are retards thinking your a huge stoner and this looks dumb this place is called harvest fest for a reason think about it best buds in the country there at the time be there or be square about a week everyone going is going to be sooo happyyy.......anyone know how much a day pass is

Posted by conor horan | October 1, 2009 9:56 AM

i know all these people who think their stoners have no idea about the NY harvest and freedom fest. are you kidding you can get anythingggg you want there, anythingggg injcluding the best buds. and when i say anything i mean anything easly so while u guys are smoken at home were camping and doing things that open your mind up way more than youll know

Posted by Anonymous | October 7, 2009 1:23 PM

does anyone know how much a day pass or ticket is please?

Posted by rswilliams | October 10, 2009 2:02 PM

no doubt this is the real deal no fuckin around just got back and this place has the harvest thank everyone respect !!!!!******PEACE*****

Posted by fucked up | October 11, 2009 10:30 PM

WOW!! just got back from my first harvest fest ever and i will definitly be making it a yearly party. IF YOU SMOKE WEED, THIS IS A LITERAL HEAVEN-ON-EARTH EXPERIENCE!!! walking around the festival i was handed FREE WHITE WIDOW, FREE ECSTASY, FREE POT BROWNIES!!! FREEEE!!! best acid ive ever had, amazing molly, great rolls, retardedly good weed. THE WAILERS rockkkeeddddd the house. and the venue (Camp Minglewood) was absolutely breathtaking. the ONLY bad part is the cold and i mean COLDDDD. PACK LIKE UR GOING TO SIBERIA!!

things of high value at harvest:
-water bottles
-logs for campfires
-warm blankets/jackets


Posted by philly G | October 13, 2009 2:38 PM

^^^ did you score any weed???

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2009 2:44 PM

Thousands Will Reconvene at Huge Drug Party in the Woods

In The Catskill Mountains, July 17, 2009 - Located just a few miles up Route 97 from the Woodstock site in Bethel lies a large campground facility called Minglewood, presumably from the Grateful Dead song Minglewood Blues. After my initial one-day sojourn in 2007, I book 3 cabins for myself and a few friends for the second weekend of October, 2008. After a drive through stunning scenic rolling hills covered by red and orange trees at the peak of the fall color, we arrive at the

location of the annual New York Harvest Festival, known by the attendees simply as The Harvest Fest. No, not the corn or pumpkin harvest, but the marijuana harvest. It is sponsored by the New York chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, and managed by Damn Sam Productions. Many people have, at least once, attended some kind of music concert that was actually a drug party in disguise, but the New York Harvest Festival is different. And although there is outstanding music for 4 days, it doesn’t pretend to be, primarily, a music event. It is billed as a drug party right from the start. Thousands of people from all over the Northeast U.S. spend Columbus Day weekend here with one goal in mind: To demonstrate against drug prohibition by having a huge drug party in the woods.

The information sent to me from Damn Sam Productions indicated that our vehicles were subject to search by their private security service when entering the premises. And that they did. In fact, my luggage was searched three times. Prohibited items: dogs, weapons, chain saws, fireworks, and industrial-sized nitrous oxide cylinders (they are against fire regulations). Travelling from your parking spot to your campsite or cabin is a difficult experience, simply because you are about a half-mile away. Volunteers driving golf-carts called “Fest-A-Cabs” drive you and your luggage, if you are willing to wait.

Minglewood is a large compound located around a sandy pond called Sand Pond. The layout of the facility reminds me of a theme park, with asphalt walks meandering through the woods, designed in such a way that, as you walk, you never seem to come to a dead end or an exit. Along the trails are grassy areas under the trees, and on the grassy areas are hundreds of camping tents of every conceivable color, size and type. There are cabins and bunkhouses located randomly throughout the complex.

The compound is very isolated and located in a shallow valley. It's the perfect location for this type event, because there is no one living within earshot to complain. As long as you made it through the police roadblock about a mile from the entrance on your way in as we did, you feel safe inside. Adding to the mystique of place is the fact that there is also no way to communicate with the outside world: No payphones, no cell phone service, and no Internet service. If you want to make a call, you are simply out of luck. You just can't.

It seems like the manifestation of their parent’s exaggerated Woodstock stories: A middle-aged man dressed sort-of like a clown walks through the crowds with a frilly, rainbow-colored umbrella, bobbing it up and down to get the attention of customers, who plop down $80 for a "ten-strip of blotter acid". (Remember? It was the drug in sex, drugs, and rock & roll.) At a number of locations throughout the complex, dealers come to trade their wares: recreational drugs of virtually every type, but especially marijuana, ecstasy, and psilocybin mushrooms. People are also selling everything related to partying - cigarettes, beer, Jello shots, glow-in-the-dark necklaces, and everything ganja: ganja cookies, ganja brownies, ganja cakes, ganja this-and-that. There are also a number of food items made with psilocybin mushrooms.

Deals take place throughout the complex. There are a couple main trading areas where the trails pass between buildings. Marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms are displayed openly, but other drugs are usually kept inside pockets. There are tables covered with bags and other containers chock full of various grades of New York's finest harvest. Buyers stroll through these areas, while dealers call out nicknames of their other products, "Bombers, Special K, Gel Tabs". Sometimes, buyers and sellers return to cabins or bunkhouses to make sidebar deals. “Sidewalk chalk" is used to draw arrows and symbols onto the asphalt walks as an aid for dealers to find customers' cabins or bunkhouses.

There is a vendor area where marijuana pipes of every conceivable size and type are sold, along with a huge selection of other paraphernalia. If you don’t find a pipe that you like, there are glass-blowers ready to craft you a custom bong “while-u-wait”.

Medics cruise the trails in golf carts equipped with defibrillators. Every few hours, an announcement is made through a public address system, echoing through the forest: "Please extinguish all fires. You must extinguish all fires. The fire marshal will be here at 8 A.M. tomorrow morning, and you will be fined if you have a fire. They will be looking for fires, but not anything else."

On Saturday morning, a rescue helicopter slowly circles several times above the treetops. Advocates of drug legalization speak at the various auditoriums, pavilions and gazebos. Security personnel in golf carts drive through the complex, trying to find the industrial-sized nitrous oxide cylinders that got through, following the high-pitched hissing sound they make. I walk around with a beer in my hand, home-brewed by a guy in my neighboring cabin “using chokecherries from my backyard”. The rhythm of conga drums emanating from the dealer areas is ever-present, day and night.

There is a huge pavilion in which an all-night "rave" party takes place. The band plays "trippin' music" as fire dancers whirl & spin on a platform above the dance floor, while hundreds of young people whirl & spin below. From random campsites throughout, lasers of various colors dance through the red & orange autumn leaves above, the beams made clearly visible by the marijuana haze being held in place by the trees.

There is noticeably little alcohol being used. I donated a 30-pack of Budweiser to a group that I know who were having a party in a bunkhouse. I had one-half of one can the entire weekend, and I noticed on Sunday afternoon, it looked like no more were consumed. People selling beer and Jello shots from campsites tell me business is slow.

Sunday morning, I tip a medic ten bucks to drive me and most of my heavier luggage pieces to my car located about a half-mile away. He said there were no significant medical emergencies except for one girl who fainted.

After High Times Magazine hold their annual “Cannabis Contest” in one of the auditoriums at 4:20 P.M., I get ready to return home. On the return trip, we took the short detour by the old Yasgur’s Farm site in Bethel, just at sundown.

Will there be a Harvest Fest 2009? Yes, October 9 through 12, 2009 at Minglewood. Call Damn Sam Productions at 1-561-420-6389, or email them at Tickets are $95 per person in advance, or $115 per person at the gate. Ticket price covers the entire weekend including camping site. The ticket price does not include cabins, which are optional. Cabins hold two people and have a bathroom and electricity and run about $300 for the entire event.

Posted by John | October 27, 2009 11:55 PM

was insane sick time took lovely shrooms tripped balls bugged out cried laughed melted was retarted sat on those fukin nasty ass porter pottys cuz i was so tripped out my skull i didnt realize....i need to kno if what im seeing around is tru that there will be no more harvest fest at camp minglewood cuz i really felt like i left a peice of me there and if there isnt one there are there goin to be anymore around the north eastern area??.......peace n ganja!!!

Posted by josh | November 19, 2009 3:30 AM

Is there going to be a harvest festival 2010???

Posted by seth b | August 15, 2010 1:19 PM

Is a 2010 one goin on?

Posted by Stacey | September 25, 2010 11:42 PM

Thats a very good story for us.It really helps me a lot.Thanks for the post.

Posted by Mark Lewis | September 29, 2010 10:05 PM

looks like no more harvest fests. Rumors have it the DA MAN put a stop to it. The websites are down and the people who throw the event arnt telling anyone anything. I heard they got busted or warned by DA MAN and it scared them straight

Posted by dank don | October 4, 2010 4:26 PM

Its gonna be in Barker NY 10/8-10/10/2010. Which is by Canada, 6 hrs NW of Minglewood. Gates open 10/7/2010 at 4:20.

Posted by jammer | October 4, 2010 5:51 PM

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