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Ducks go in, proceeds go up at annual Duck Derby

August 13, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - Children lined the banks of the Conococheague Creek on Sunday afternoon, trying to spot their yellow rubber duck among the others in the 18th annual Duck Derby Race in Antrim Township, Pa.

Hunter Little, 6, knew where his was as the toys glided along in a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

"Mine's the second one," said Hunter, of Sykesville, Md.

Hunter has been to the race for several years and had a list of things he wanted to do in the afternoon. The list included pony rides, games and a way to get relief from nearly 90-degree heat.

"I just want to get in the water," Hunter said.

If he had during the race, Hunter would have joined 2,000 ducks that were mostly taking nose dives. The toys were raising $10,000 to $12,000 for the American Cancer Society.

Heather Straley and Roberta Davis won first and second place, respectively, each winning $500. Nancy Fahnestock, whose duck finished last, will receive a $250 consolation prize.

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Mark Weldon, representing the cancer society, estimated the event brought out 200 people. Many were children.

Caitlin Eshleman, 7, of Greencastle, felt her duck might be a bit slower than most, although she wasn't sure.

"I don't know because I can't see the numbers," she said, glancing at the creek again.

Maranda Hornbaker, 11, of Greencastle, bought her duck Saturday at Greencastle's E.L.M. Shoes Inc. and went to the race "because it's something different."

"It's for a good cause, and it's for fun," Maranda said.

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