FUNKSTOWN -- There was no "fowl" play Saturday afternoon as several real ducks tried to take part in the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co.'s annual duck race.
Unfortunately for them, only toy ducks were eligible.
Watching the mallards skim along the edge of Antietam Creek just added to the fun of the annual event, which is a significant fundraiser for the organization.
About 1,500 small numbered toy ducks were sold, either at $5 each or seven for $25.
According to Chief Dave Fraley, the group hoped to realize about $4,000 following expenses.
With the blaring of the fire company's siren, the race got under way at 2 p.m., when the colorful toy ducks were dumped into Antietam Creek from a bridge on Frederick Street.
Volunteers, some in canoes, others knee-deep in the creek, used paddles and fishing nets to spread the ducks out and keep them from getting tangled along the creek banks.