Good Weather for Ducks this Weekend at the Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard

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Cooperstown Lions Club Just Ducky Weekend to Benefit Local Causes

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Cooperstown Lions Club Rubber Duck Racing on Fly Creek

This year’s high water should make for some fun racing. The unique feature of our duck racing is that visitors can watch the race from start to finish and purchase multiple ducks to enter the competition,” says Jason Tabor of the Club

The Cooperstown Lions Club is hosting its third annual Duck Race Weekend September 10 & 11 to benefit local charities. The main event will be 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. “This year’s high water should make for some fun racing. The unique feature of our duck racing is that visitors can watch the race from start to finish and purchase multiple ducks to enter the competition,” says Jason Tabor of the Cooperstown Lions Club. Racing ducks cost one dollar each per race and races begin at the top of each hour starting at 11:00 and ending at 3:00 with the final grand-prize race on Sunday. Additional family-friendly activities planned are duck themed carnival games for children, inflatable bounce houses, and musical entertainment.

Lions Club’s main initiatives are eyesight conservation and community betterment and the club will be accepting donations of used eyeglasses that are then recycled for distribution in less developed countries. Funds raised from the weekend are reinvested back into the community through the Lions Club Mini Grant Program offered in the spring and fall. The Lions mission is to empower volunteers to serve their communities, meet humanitarian needs, encourage peace and promote international understanding through Lions Clubs.

The Just Ducky Event runs from 10 am until 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday with no admission fee. The Fly Creek Cider Mill will be pressing sweet cider both Saturday and Sunday and visitors can watch 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 visit the Mill’s website at http://www.flycreekcidermill.com. The Mill is open every day 9 am until 6 pm with plenty of free parking.

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