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Spectators line the banks of Cascadilla Gorge waiting for the Duck Drop.

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Ducks make their way down the falls.

2014 Compost Fair, Tompkins County NY

There's lots to do and learn at the COMPOST FAIR!

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"Mama Duck" greets visitors at the 4-H Duck Race!

4-H Duck Race

Sunday, April 28, 2019- Join us to watch 3400 bright yellow rubber ducks tumble over the Cascadilla Creek falls at the Cornell Botanic Gardens' Cascadilla Gorge Trail then bob down the creek in a frantic and fabulous race to the 4-H Education Center on Willow Avenue. Take a chance on a duck and win GREAT PRIZES if your duck among the first 50 to cross the finish line!  Enjoy refreshments, live music and entertainment, activities for kids, and the ever-popular COMPOST FAIR all afternoon long, at the CCE-Tompkins Education Center at 615 Willow Avenue in Ithaca. All proceeds support 4-H youth programs in Tompkins County!

Mama Duck arrives at the 4-H Duck Race in style, Tompkins County NY


Find out when the ducks will drop into the falls, what time winners will be announced, and times for ALL the great ACTIVITIES taking place at CCE-Tompkins all day long!

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2014 Compost Fair, Tompkins County NY

Compost Fair

Don't miss our annual Compost Fair, held at CCE-Tompkins on 4/28/18 in conjunction with the 4H Duck Race; fun & educational for all ages!

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2008 4-H Rubber Duck Race, Ithaca NY

4-H Duck Race

Sunday, April 28th is a day of FAMILY FUN that raises $$$ for 4-H in Tompkins County! See 3400 rubber ducks race down Cascadilla Creek! CHANCES ON SALE NOW, HERE...

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Sherron Brown taking duck race orders by phone

How To Enter

Chances on rubber ducks are $5/each or $20 for a flock of 5. Get all the details on how to get your chances online, by mail and in-person, and when sales close!

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Megan Tifft
4-H Youth Development Team Leader
(607) 272-2292 ext. 138

Last updated April 18, 2019