Ithaca, N.Y. — The Ithaca Farmers’ Market hosted the 17th annual “International Rutabaga Curling World Championship” on Saturday.

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Contestants took turns throwing the cruciferous vegetable down the central pavilion of the beloved marketplace. Hundreds of people were in attendance for the event, which included judges, referees, emcees and — as you’ll see below — even mascots.

Mayor Svante Myrick tossed the “Ceremonial First Rutabaga” at the event.

“Why? What’s your city doing today?,” he joked on Twitter.

But Myrick’s bowl was overshadowed by a talking rutabaga, whose puntastic performance was one for the ages:

We counted 17 puns, though we realize we may have missed some.

Some other photos from the event:

Allison Usavage had a photo booth set up at the market; check out her website at
Courtesy of the farmers’ market Facebook page

We’ll see you next year!

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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.