The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 27, 2014

Fowl play for 250 ducks

LEWISBURG - Dozens of spectators flocked to the 10th annual Rubber Duck Derby held during the Celebration of the Arts festival on Saturday afternoon. And the race went rather swimmingly.

Approximately 250 webbed wonders were released into Buffalo Creek in Hufnagle Park after co-organizer Emily Meringolo counted down from 10 at 2:30 p.m.

With the mighty waterway and gentle gusts of wind, the golden avian creatures raced downstream toward the finish line, neck-and-neck.

The competition separated the ducklings from the adult ducks.

With no sign of fowl play, many ducks did not have what it took and snagged themselves on the rocks, never to move again. Others didn’t fit the bill and floated on the current upside-down.

Still others were just winging it.

Finally, a clear lead was spotted in the lawlessness of the contest: a lone No. 26, ruffling the feathers of every other waddler around it.

Break out the cheese and quackers, a winner was found.

“As the ducks fell by the wayside, the true winner turned out to be Janice Beckman. Clearly, she had been training the duck for months in preparation,” Meringolo said.

As first-place winner, Beckman will receive $500.

A rubber duck's perspective of the Lewisburg Duck Drop in Buffalo Creek at Hufnagle Park.

Habitat for Humanity

The event was hosted by the Bucknell University chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and organized by sophomore Meringolo and junior Megan Smith.

It cost $5 to enter one duck, $13 to enter three and $25 to enter a six quack.

The top 10 winners consisted of Beckman, Janice Butler, Emily Bunch, Dan Fineran, Marcie Buono, Deena Price, the Pizza Phi Guy, Evan Cook, Dave Kelley and Nancy Merritt.

The Top 25 winners were awarded with a gift certificate from a local business.

“It was a great group of people who came out to support this great cause,” Meringolo said. “It’s always enjoyable for the community.”

She was grateful for all who attended and helped the contest and the festival.

Lewisburg’s 32nd annual Celebration of the Arts, which kicked off Friday, runs through May 10.

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