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ITHACA, NY – Tompkins County 4-H along with CCETC Compost Fair prepare for the 16th Annual Cascadilla Duck Race and Color Splash Run Race on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.!

At 2 p.m., Over 3,000 bright yellow rubber ducks will tumble over the falls and float down Cascadilla Creek to the finish line at the Cooperative Extension, on 615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca.  The first 50 or more ducks to cross the finish line will win one of over $15,000 worth of prizes. At the finish line there will be a festival with food, games, prizes, and live entertainment!  All proceeds benefit the Tompkins County 4-H Youth Development Program, including 4-H Clubs, Rural Youth Services, 4-H Urban Outreach and Primitive Pursuits.

Stop in at the fourth annual Compost Fair, held in conjunction with the 4-H Duck Race, to see and experience all aspects of composting. Teams of Master Composters will be on hand to answer your questions. There will be music, food, interactive displays, and activities for kids and continuous tours of our composting demonstration site. Prize drawings will be held at 3:30 pm for all attendees. See you at the fair!

(Photo courtesy of René Davis.)

The event will again include a color splash (similar to a color run so come prepared to get covered with colors!) 5K and 3K run/walk starting at Stewart Park, racing along the Cayuga Waterfront Trail. There will be food, game booths, face painting, and fun family activities from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Cooperative Extension Education Center, 615 Willow Avenue off Rt. 13 in Ithaca. Walkers, runners, strollers, kids are all welcome to participate.

These little ducks can win you big prizes! Top-finishing ducks win great prizes donated by local businesses and individuals.  $750 CASH “Nest Egg”! 1 night stay in a tower room at The Hotel Ithaca, Makite Cordless Hammer Driver-Drill kit, One-week-6 Person Hot Tub Rental from CNY Tubs, a variety gift baskets,1 night-midweek stay at La Tourelle Resort, Coleman 9949-750 Road Trip Grill, massage gift certificates from Rasa Spa, Learn A Snowsport vouchers from Greek Peak, Hangar Theatre Kidstuff VIP passes, and much, much more!

This event would not be possible without our major sponsors: Firehouse Subs, The Hotel Ithaca, Ithaca College Sports Management, and the Cornell Plantations.

Thank you to all of our wonderful sponsors who have generously provided us awesome prizes and financial donations:

For more information on the event, please visit:

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Michael Smith

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