24th Corn-Ducky Derby postponed to September

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Normally held the first Saturday of May, the 24th Annual Corn-Ducky Derby has been postponed until late September due to the ongoing health emergency regarding COVID-19.

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The event is now planned for Saturday, September 26.

Cortland Community Service Club President Dean Smith and Ducky Derby Chair Doug Gilbert made that joint announcement yesterday.

They also confirmed that organizers of the Paint The Town Purple (PTTP) event – which is held alongside the derby – have also agreed to reschedule.

What began a yearly fundraiser for just one organization has now raised more than $350k to support the needs of more than 20 Greater Cortland Community Youth and Service agencies.

“The little derby has grown into a fair-size community event,” Smith said. “Not holding the event would let down many, including the families who attend the event, the organizations needing financial support and the Cortland businesses that support the annual derby.”

Smith added that “in an effort to follow government health guidelines, the Ducks will remain in self-isolation until such time that they are able to swim together.”

Gilbert says he’s “super excited” the Ducks have agreed to stay safe, follow all health guidelines and remain isolated until they can swim together and provide a safe race.

“Many Cortland Businesses and most youth groups were already underway with ticket sales and will now stop until later in the summer closer to the date of the Derby,” Gilbert said. “Those who have purchased Corn-Ducky Derby tickets can be assured that their tickets will be safely kept until the September duck race.”

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