Croghan, NY- May 2, 2012- Sunday April 29th was the date of the 18th Annual Oswegatchie Adiron-Duck Race and pancake breakfast held at the Oswegatchie Educational Center in Croghan, NY. It was a record breaking day, as over 100 volunteers worked tirelessly to provide a full day of fun activities, satisfying food, and entertainment for the whole family.
Oswegatchie has been hosting this event for the past 18 years with the primary goal of providing camperships for FFA members from around the state and generating the funds to purchase much needed programming supplies. This year all records were broken as the center served 1000 pancake breakfasts, hosted 1477 guests, and sold 6034 ducks. In addition to the 100 volunteers that pitched in the day of the event, twenty four FFA Chapters from around the state also took part in selling ducks in their communities.
During the day visitors took part in a delicious pancake breakfast served with homefries, sausage, eggs, and pure maple syrup made at the Oswegatchie Sugar Bush. Free entertainment included an ecumenical church service provided by Pastor Ray Lighthall, the Troy Wunderle One Man Circus show sponsored by Key Bank of Croghan, and a presentation by Adirondack Storyteller Bill Smith sponsored by the Accounting Firm of Hirschey and Associates. Additional support was provided by AmeriCU of Lowville as an advertising sponsor. Other free activities included a Kids Zone with face painting, bounce house, 18 ft. slide, and the Croghan Fire Dept. Engine 1. The Adirondack Artisans Guild and many other vendors provided opportunities for participants to shop and tickle their taste buds with delicious treats.
The day was highlighted with the dumping of 6034 rubber ducks into the chilly waters of the Oswegatchie River. The numbered ducks raced their way around the bends in the river toward the finish line, where 24 ducks were plucked and placed in corresponding slots to award prizes. A total value of nearly $4000 in cash and prizes was awarded. The winning duck was purchased by Beaver Falls resident Dick Green.
The Oswegatchie Educational Center is owned and operated by the New York FFA Foundation, Inc. Our mission is to provide both youth and adults opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn about our natural world, and engage in healthy outdoor recreational pursuits. Our property exists of 1200 acres of forested lands and four bodies of water that make up the Oswegatchie River. Oswegatchie is open year round for all groups, and provides a Summer Leadership camp for five weeks each summer. The camp is open to teens ages 11 and up. Affiliation to the FFA is not a requirement to enjoy Oswegatchie. To learn more about Oswegatchie you can visit us at www.oswegatchie.org.