Despite some looming clouds, skies stayed dry and brought a record number of festival participants starting at 2 p.m. 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 H. K. Fisher’s duck pulling ahead of the flock and taking first place, a $1,000 Visa giftcard donated by Susquehanna Bank. Lucky duckie owners Kristine Creter of Lititz, Melissa Riley of York, Taylor Geib of Mountville, Deborah Ault of Mountville, Helena Schreder of Lancaster, N. L. Trostle of Manheim, Nick Verling of Lancaster, Bek Heller and Melissa Zipser of Mount Joy took home the other top ten prizes, with Joanne Good’s duck finishing last and collecting a jar of molasses.
This year’s event was title sponsored by Aetna, Donegal Insurance Group and Susquehanna Bank. Other top sponsors include Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Environmental Recovery Corporation, Joel’s Painting, Horst’s Flooring, Lancaster Toyota, Kitchen Kettle Village, PA Leadership Charter School, Re-Bath, 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 and turn disabilities into abilities. For more information, please visit www.schreiberpediatric.org.