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September 5, 2013

Lions Club to host annual duck race


There will be family fun for everyone when the Cooperstown Lions Club hosts its fifth annual Duck Derby Race.

The action will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 28 and 29, at the Fly Creek Cider Mill. There will be no admission fee.

The event centers around multiple rubber duck races down Fly Creek in front of the mill culminating in a final race with the winner taking home a $100 cash purse.

“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,” Rick Hulse, Chairman of event, said in a media release.

Racing ducks cost $1 each per race and races begin at the top of each hour starting at 11 a.m. and ending at 3 p.m. each day. The final grand-prize race will conclude the event on Sunday. Ducks may be purchased at the event before each race.

There will be additional family-friendly activities including gift basket raffles, an inflatable bounce house for children and refreshments. 

According to organizers, all event proceeds are reinvested back to the community to benefit a variety of community betterment projects. While the Lions Club’s main initiative is eyesight conservation, the group has a demonstrated history of successful community betterment projects. The club will be accepting donations of used eyeglasses that are then recycled for distribution in less developed countries. 

The Fly Creek Cider Mill will be pressing sweet cider both Saturday and Sunday and visitors can witness the entire 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. For more information about the Fly Creek Cider Mill, visit The mill is open every day from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. with free parking.

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