Master Composter display booth

Composting is a great and easy way to help the environment!


Virtual Compost Fair & 4-H Duck Race

  • Sunday, September 13, 2020, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Usually we hold the Compost Fair in the spring as a celebration of the season's arrival. This year, due to COVID-19, we decided to postpone the Fair until the fall. Since large gatherings are still not safe, nor allowed in NY State, we have now decided to hold a "virtual Compost Fair!"

What's that? You may ask.

Continuing our long-standing partnership with the 4-H Duck Race, this year we are offering ~20 minutes of fun and educational programming about composting during a virtual Duck Race event, held on Sunday, September 13 from Noon - 1:30pm.

Our compost programming will feature four segments of about 5 min each:

  • Rot N Roll, Tompkins County’s best compost cover band performing their #1 hit, “Rot Me Mamma”
  • New Master Composter (MC) Daniel Baruch teaching about outdoor composting basics at the CCETC Demo site
  • New MC Romina Capelli and her 3 awesome children showing off their home worm composting bin
  • Adam Michalides, Compost Educator, telling folks where they can learn more, and giving away 2 fabulous compost prizes

The entire event will be STREAMED LIVE on CCE-Tompkins' YouTube Channel on Sunday, September 13 from 12:00-1:30pm:

We don't yet know at exactly what time the virtual Compost Fair programming will run. Please check back on this event page, or our Facebook event page as we get closer to the event.


(What we usually offer - finger's crossed for 2021!)

Celebrate spring's arrival by stopping by the Compost Fair for a guaranteed good time! The Compost Fair is held in conjunction with the 4-H Duck Race. And this year, for the first time, we are partnering with Streets Alive! as they hold their event nearby. It is our hope that people can move easily between events on road and away from cars. Admission to all events is FREE and open to the public.

At the Compost Fair, there will be information and demonstrations of beginning and advanced compost techniques, continuous tours of our demonstration site, live music, food and activities for kids. Several partner organizations, gardening and sustainability groups will be joining us. All attendees will be eligible to win fabulous compost prizes. Compost bins (Earth Machines, welded wire cylinder and worm compost bins) will be for sale while supplies last. Go home a composter!


3:30: Duck Race Prize announcements

Compost Education Booths

Basic Composting Booth
Compost Kids Activities
Indoor Composting
Advanced Composting
Critter Shed
Outdoor Composting

Partner Organizations

(Past Partner Organizations)
Tompkins Co. Dept. of Recycling and Materials Management
Get Your Green-Back Tompkins
NYSEG Energy Smart Communities
Tompkins County Master Gardeners
Ithaca Community Gardens
Ithaca College Department of Life Skills
4-H Plant and Environmental Science Team
Dish Truck
Primitive Pursuits
CCETC Energy Program
CCETC Environment Program
CCETC Nutrition Program
CCETC Parenting Education Program
CCETC Rural Youth Services

Prize Drawings

Every hour (1:00, 2:00, 3:00 & 4:00), open to all who register at the welcome booth

Compost Bin sales (while supplies last!)

Earth Machines, welded wire cylinder bins, worm bins, also at the welcome booth


The Famous Duck Deli

Let us know you are coming via our Facebook event page ( *coming soon!*)

See you at the Fair!


FREE and open to the public

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This event is online

Last updated September 8, 2020