Ducks cram Pa. creek

August 11, 1997


Staff Writer, Chambersburg

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A different kind of duck bobbed down the Conococheague Creek Sunday afternoon.

More commonly seen in bathtubs, more than 1,000 bright yellow and orange-billed rubber ducks took to larger waters for the American Cancer Society's eighth annual Duck Derby.

"It's been a good fund-raiser ... It's quite a sight to see a thousand yellow ducks going down the water," said Connie Hartman, Duck Derby committee member.

Adults and children walked along the banks of the creek as they followed the ducks' progress from Martin's Mill Bridge Recreational Area to the finish at the covered bridge about three-tenths of a mile downstream.


The "duck patrol" had to coax the rubber flock at the start of the race due to still water.

But a few caught the current, pulled ahead of the others, and led the way towards the rapids and beyond to the finish line.

"He'll be way in the lead when he gets through the rapids," said Christopher Brewer, 9, of Hagerstown, pointing to the first rubber duck picking up speed in the swift water.

Brewer and his mother, Diane, entered three ducks in the race this year, the fourth derby they've attended.

"We've never won but it's still fun," Diane Brewer said. "It's for a good cause. Cancer takes a lot of people's lives. It's scary."

Following their six ducks to the finish line, Ruth Miller and Richard Ott, both of Greencastle, Pa., said the creek was lower and slower this year than last.

The ducks were sold for $5 each or three for $10. Each duck was numbered in black marker.

The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line, Robert Kendle of Greencastle, received $500. Owners of the next 29 ducks to cross the finish line received prizes donated by area businesses and individuals.

Proceeds from the Duck Derby go to the Franklin County Unit of the American Cancer Society for research and development.

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