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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.

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

4-H Duck Race

The 4-H Duck Race will return in 2024! 

Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County is proud to announce that the 4-H Duck Race will take place on Sunday, April 28th, 2024 from 11am-4pm. Join us to watch 3000 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 Cornell Cooperative Extension on Willow Avenue. Take a chance on a duck and win GREAT PRIZES if your duck among the first ones to cross the finish line! Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, activities for families 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!

One duck chance is $5.00 or a flock of five ducks is $20.00. Each entry is assigned a number corresponding with the duck(s) prior to the event.

Your duck numbers will be available 11am, Sunday, April 28th, at CCE.

PRIZES: Top-finishing ducks win great prizes donated by local businesses and individuals. Grand Prize is $500 CASH “NEST EGG.” Other prizes include DeWalt Tools, Instant Pot Air Fryer, Amazon Alexas, Primitive Pursuits Program Vouchers, Gift Certificates to Local Businesses, and MORE!!!

We greatly appreciate your support in continuing this tradition by contributing to this extremely beneficial fundraiser. All proceeds from the 4-H Duck Race will go directly into supporting 4-H youth development programs that have been helping to build career and life skills of youth across the county for over 75 years.


Jess Wright
4-H Administrative Assistant

Last updated April 29, 2024