ITHACA, N.Y. — The 21st Annual Tompkins County 4-H Rubber Duck Race fundraiser scheduled for Sunday October 3, 2021 will be postponed until April 2022 due to the recent surge in local COVID-19 cases. Organizers hope that by next spring it once again will be safe to hold a large public gathering of this kind, and 4-H can return to having the annual 4-H Rubber Duck Race on Ithaca’s Cascadilla Creek where it traditionally has been enjoyed by hundreds of families each year.
The 4-H Rubber Duck Race typically raises $12,000 or more each year to support local 4-H youth programs. Traditionally held on a Sunday afternoon in late April, the event attracts large crowds of people who gather to watch 3,000 rubber ducks drop into Cascadilla Falls (at Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Cascadilla Gorge Trail) and race down the creek to the finish line at Cornell Cooperative Extension Tompkins County where music, games, food and the annual Compost Fair await. All numbered ducks are collected in the order that they cross the finish line, and prizes are awarded to the individuals who purchased raffle chances bearing the winning numbers. Grand prize for the #1 duck is a $750 cash “Nest Egg” with the next 50 or so winners receiving prizes donated by local businesses. [Please note that all rubber ducks are collected and reused each year and are not released into the local watershed.]
Raffle chances sold to date for the 2021 4-H Rubber Duck Race will be honored at the event next April. Raffle chances will continue to be sold for $5/each or 5/$20 at 4hduckrace.com from now until the spring race date, yet to be determined. The 4-H Duck Race Committee thanks the many local sponsors of this event at http://ccetompkins.org/4HDuckRaceSponsors for their generous ongoing support of this fundraiser to benefit Tompkins County 4-H Youth Development Program.
Please direct questions about the 4-H Rubber Duck Race to email@example.com. To learn more about 4-H programs in Tompkins County, please visit http://ccetompkins.org/4-h-youth. Donations to 4-H may be made at: http://ccetompkins.org/4-h-youth.
–Sandy Repp, Cornell Cooperative Extension