FUNKSTOWN -- It's an event that makes a splash each year in Funkstown.
People line the banks of Antietam Creek, wait for the horn to sound and cheer as more than 1,000 plastic ducks are dumped into the water from a bridge on Frederick Street.
That was the case Saturday, when the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co. sponsored its annual duck race.
The event is a major fundraiser for the organization and a popular community event.
"It's definitely more fun than most fundraisers," said Larry Iseminger, first vice president of the fire company.
About 1,250 small numbered toy ducks were sold, either at $5 each or seven for $25, he said.
Organizers hope to raise about $3,000.
Iseminger said the money will be used for equipment and other expenses.
With the blaring of the fire company's siren, the race got under way at 2 p.m., when two large bags of colorful ducks took a vertical plunge into the water.