Duck supporters and racers enjoyed a fun family festival starting at 2 p.m. at Lancaster County Central Park. The day included carnival games, pony rides, clowns, inflatables, face painting, BINGO, food vendors, music and more! Eleven teams of water enthusiasts also participated in the 5th Annual Ducky Dinghy Derby emceed by WJTL’s Radio Friend Phil. Team Greenfield Inn Restaurant & Bar took first place.
As the countdown to the race began, spectators gathered on the banks of the river to watch the duck drop. Emceed by WGAL’s Joe Calhoun and 101 The Rose’s Dennis Mitchell, it was a close competition with Alan Loss’ duck pulling ahead of the flock and taking first place, a $1,000 Visa giftcard donated by Susquehanna Bank. Lucky duckie owners Frank Musso, H. Thomas Kirk, Nogel, Ellen Souders, Horizon Healthcare Services, Eric and Angie Lutz, Skye Fleming, Joe Sumpman, and Neal Migdon took home the other top ten prizes, with Bart Garver’s duck finishing last and collecting a jar of molasses.
This year’s event was sponsored by Susquehanna Bank, Donegal Mutual Insurance Group and Turkey Hill Minit Markets, as well as Capital BlueCross, Prudential Homesale Services Group, Darrenkamp’s Food Market, Interiors Furniture & Design, Kitchen Kettle Village, WGAL Channel 8, 101 The Rose, Smooth Jazz 92.7, WJTL 90.3 and Fine Living Lancaster magazine. A special thanks to Lancaster County Parks and Recreation for hosting the event at County Park.
All proceeds from the 23rd Annual Rubber Duckie Race and Festival benefit the therapies and programs of Schreiber Pediatric Rehab Center, a nationally recognized non-for-profit organization that has been serving children with special needs in Lancaster County for seventy-five years.