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Duck Derby

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 29

Duck Derby For The Leo Club

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DUCK DERBY – 10 a.m. Help launch a flock of rubber duckies at the headwaters of the Susquehanna. Support Cooperstown Leo Club on day trip to the United Nations in NYC. Cost, $5/duck or $20/5-ducks at Otesaga, Mel’s @ 22, others. Finish line just South of Main St. Bridge, Cooperstown. 607-282-2956 or visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 19

Ring In The Spring

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SPRING FLING – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find crafts, vendors, food trucks, live music, a gift basket auction, more. Doubleday Parking Lot, Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/cooperstownrotaryclub/

DUCK DERBY – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family festival features games, bounce house, music, food, cake walk, vendors, more. Duck Derby begins 12:30 p.m. Cost, $5/duck or $25/6 ducks. Fortin Park, 167 Youngs Rd., Oneonta. Call 607-432-4592 or visit www.destinationoneonta.com/events/2018/5/19/rubber-duck-derby-and-family-festival

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 1

Sounds Of Independence

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CELEBRATION – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mark Independence Day weekend with a muster of the militia and a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the village green at 1 p.m. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Independence-Day-July-4th-Celebration

WRITERS CAMP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join Jen and the HML Writers Group for a NaNoWriMo style weekly workshop. Jen will present prompts and other activities to get you writing. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. hmloneonta.org/calendar/

A Good Day For Ducks

A Good Day For Ducks

Blake Stensland, Gilbertsville, and Kristen Winn, Morris, dump two bins of ducks into the Mill Race during the last heat of the Duck Derby in Neahwa Park this afternoon. The event, sponsored by Oneonta Job Corps, and hosted by The Family Resource Network was raising funds for the Legacy Resource Fund, which helps parents of children with disabilities cover costs not covered by insurance. The even today raised almost $1,500 towards the fund. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 3

Family Fun At The Duck Derby

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DUCK DERBY – Noon-3 p.m. Family Fun Day with duck racing, free pony rides, and a surprise princess guest. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info, call (607)432-0001 or visit www.facebook.com/FamilyRN/

TRAIL HIKE – 9-11 a.m. Hike the Blue Trail of the Basswood Pond State forest with OCCA program director Jeff O’Handley. Meet in the parking area of the park. Basswood Pond State Forest, 500 Conservation Rd., Burlington. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/blue-trail-basswood/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20

Spring Street Fair & Market

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SPRING FLING – Noon-5 p.m. 2-day event featuring farmers, crafts-people, food vendors, and live music. Doubleday field parking lot, 1 Doubleday Ct., Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/spring-fling-street-fair

RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Support the search for a cure to cancer, remember the dead, and support the living. Wilber park, 1-19 S. Main St., St. Hwy. 28, Milford. Info, Lauren.Ferraro@cancer.org

BROOKWOOD POINT REOPENING – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food, lawn games, music, kayaking, demonstrations, and more at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Highway 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. Info, otsegolandtrust.org

HISTORY REMEMBERED – 1 p.m. Unveiling Cato Freedom historical marker. In memory of Cato Freedom who gained his freedom due to his service in the Revolutionary War. Butternut Valley Cemetery, Co. Hwy. 16, Burlington Flats. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607) 293-6635.

Dawdling Ducks Delay Derby

Dawdling Ducks Delay Derby

An unseasonably low creek made for a tricky Duck Derby at the Fly Creek Cider Mill on Saturday with many of the ducks staying still and even moving backwards in the water! Thankfully, Paul Weber, Fly Creek, a volunteer with the Lions' Club and this year's Chairman of the derby was there to help them on there way. Here, he holds up Ian Cronizo's winning duck for the onlookers waiting along the bridge. (Ian Austin/ AllOTESGO.com
Today’s Duck Derby at the Fly Creek Cider Mill moved at a snails’ pace thanks to an unseasonably low water in the creek causing  many ducks to remain stationary while some drifted backwards upstream! Not to be outdone, Paul Weber, Fly Creek, a volunteer with the Lions’ Club and this year’s Chairman of the derby was able to help the ducks on there way with waves made from hoses and box lids. Eventually, a clear winner was determined and Weber held up Ian Cronizo’s winning duck for the onlookers watching from the bridge. Money raised from the event is going towards the construction of a interactive Interpretive sensory trail at Glimmerlgass state park for the blind and visually impaired.(Ian Austin/ AllOTESGO.com
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