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Over $4500 in cash & prizes donated for the
8th annual Duck Race.

The much-anticipated Seneca Falls Canal Fest Duck Race scheduled for June 9, 2024, promises to be an exciting day filled with fun, community spirit, and fantastic prizes. This year’s race, a highlight of the annual Canal Fest, will feature cash and over 50 prizes generously donated by local businesses.  Prizes range from gift certificates at local restaurants to spa gift baskets, from power tools to hotel stays, from jewelry to golf outings. This year’s range of unique contributions also includes 20 tons of stone from the Seneca Stone Corporation.

The Duck Race, scheduled to begin at 3:00 PM, begins at the Bridge Street Bridge where thousands of rubber ducks are dropped into the scenic Seneca Cayuga Canal. The ducks are carefully tracked by the Canal Fest Duck Wranglers paddling alongside in kayaks. At the Ovid St. Bridge finish line, the ducks are pulled from the water and prizes are awarded in the order they cross the finish line.   The first, second & third place ducks win $1000, $500 & $300 respectively. 

“The Canal Fest Duck Race is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Haidee Oropallo, Chair of the 2024 Seneca Falls Canal Fest. “It’s wonderful to see the community come together, and the generosity of our local businesses in providing these amazing prizes truly enhances the spirit of the event.”  Visitors can buy tickets in advance to sponsor ducks for a chance to win at several Seneca Falls businesses, as well as during the three-day Festival at Canal Fest Headquarters. Each duck will be assigned a number corresponding to the sponsor’s ticket.

The Seneca Falls Canal Fest, held from June 7-9, offers a weekend full of activities for all ages, including live music, food vendors, arts and crafts, and family-friendly games.

Proceeds from the Duck Race support local non-profit organizations and community projects.

“We invite everyone to come out, enjoy the festival, and cheer their ducks on,” added Oropallo. “It’s a great way to have fun and support our community at the same time.”

For more information about the Seneca Falls Canal Fest Duck Race and to see the full list of prize sponsorships, visit or contact the Canal Fest Event Center at (315) 215-1610.