Cooler temperatures and a cloudy cover brought a record number of festival participants starting at 2 p.m. at Lancaster County Central Park. Children and family members of all ages enjoyed carnival games, pony rides, inflatables, face painting, BINGO, food vendors, arts & crafts, music and much more!
The countdown to the race began just before 5 p.m. and spectators gathered on the banks of the river to watch the duck drop. Emceed by WGAL’s Joe Calhoun and 101 The Rose’s Bryan Jordan, it was a close competition with Georgia Cambria of Elizabethtown’s duck pulling ahead of the flock and taking first place, a $1,000 Visa giftcard donated by Susquehanna Bank. Lucky duckie owners Tom Jordan of Lancaster, Mary Dissinger, Dale Anderson of Stevens, Dale Chadwick of Lancaster, Nicolle Bender of Manheim, Bruce Weaver of Lancaster, Diane Peters of Willow Street, Emma Fisher and Mary Ellen Pass of Columbia took home the other top ten prizes, with Eleanor Ressel’s duck finishing last and collecting a jar of molasses.
This year’s event was title sponsored by Coventry HealthAmerica, Donegal Mutual Insurance Group and Susquehanna Bank. Other top sponsors include Joel’s Painting, Lancaster Toyota, Turkey Hill Minit Markets, Capital Blue Cross, Prudential Homesale Services Group, Kitchen Kettle Village, Murray Securus, WGAL TV-8, Hall Media Solutions, Brenneman Printing, 101 the Rose, 92.7 WKZF and WJTL. A special thanks to Lancaster County Parks and Recreation for hosting the event at County Park.
All proceeds from the Annual Rubber Duckie Raceâ„¢ & Festival benefit the therapies and programs of the Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center-—a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides physical, occupational and speech-language therapies, as well as educational and recreational programs thousands of children in Central PA living with congenital and acquired disabilities and developmental delays. Our goal-oriented approach maximizes each child’s ability to function as independently as possible within the community. For more information, please visit www.schreiberpediatric.org.