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September 25, 2013

Cider mill prepares for annual duck derby

Rubber Ducky, you’re the one,

You make bathtime so much fun,

Rubber Ducky, I’m awfully fond of you;

(woh woh, bee doh!)

Rubber Ducky, joy of joys,

When I squeeze you, you make noise!

Rubber Ducky, you’re my very best friend, it’s true!

Anyone who grew up watching “Sesame Street” or sat with their children while enjoying the classic television show should be familiar with those lyrics, sung in his bath by Ernie, of Bert and Ernie fame.

Neither Ernie nor Bert is likely to be attending, but this weekend, there will be a good cause and rubber duckies galore as the Cooperstown Lions Club hosts its Fifth Annual Duck Derby Race at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.

There is no admission fee. On Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be multiple rubber duck races down Fly Creek in front of the Mill, culminating in a final race on Sunday with the winner taking home a $100 cash prize.

“The unique attraction of the Lions races is that you can watch the ducks from start to finish right in front of the Mill and enter multiple races,” said event chairman Rick Hulse in a media release.

Racing ducks are a dollar each per race. The races begin at the top of each hour starting at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day.

There will be additional family-friendly activities, including gift-basket raffles, an inflatable bounce house for children, and refreshments. Ducks may be purchased at the event before each race.

All event proceeds are reinvested back to the community to benefit a variety of community-betterment projects, according to the release. While the Lions Club’s main initiative is eyesight conservation, it also participates in other community-betterment projects. The club will be accepting donations of used eyeglasses that are then recycled for distribution in less-developed countries. 

The Cider Mill will be pressing sweet cider both days, and visitors can witness the process in the Mill’s Cider Gallery. The Mill is located 3 miles north of Cooperstown and 24 miles south of Herkimer just off State Route 28.




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