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Ducks Win Race Against Weather In South Boston

“It was another success,” said Tamyra Vest, South Boston Community Development Coordinator, commenting on the “Ducks On The Dan” Family Fun Day and race Saturday in Constitution Square.

“The crowd was smaller this year for the Family Fun Day, probably because of the heat and other activities going on,” she said.

Kids attending the event with their parents enjoyed playing on numerous inflatables set up in the square. Food was plentiful, and live musical entertainment abounded from the Constitution Square stage. Those who got a bit overheated could cool down in the cool-mist spray tent after taking a turn on the inflatables.

Many attending the event made their way to the bridge beginning around 2:30 as the crane carrying the custom-painted dumpster holding thousands of rubber ducks lumbered to its

position on the western side of the bridge.

At 3 p.m. sharp the crane turned the dumpster upside down, releasing the racing ducks to splash in the muddy waters of the Dan River many feet below.

“The drop went really good,” Vest said. “The wind came up as the ducks were completing the race, but the worst of the storm held up until after the race.”
The duck “adopted” by Robert Flick was the first to cross the finish line, securing the grand prize of $2,500 for its adopted parent.

Second prize, a five-day Bahamas Cruise from Charleston, S.C. for two went to Janet Johnson.

Dolly Fallen won the third prize, a one-week family vacation for 12 in a six-bedroom family lodge at Occoneechee, James River, Bear Creek or Kiptopeke State Park.

Vest said organizers are considering skipping a year. “We know it’s worth continuing, but it’s a lot of work,” she said. “For the first three years we leased the ducks, but we’re thinking about buying our own or working with other nearby communities.”

After everything in Constitution Square was packed up and the last duck was pulled from the waters of the Dan River, Vest said the event was a success.
“It was fun, it was hot,” Vest said. “But it looked like everyone had a good time.”

In addition to the first, second and third place winners, the following individuals won prizes in the third annual “Ducks On The Dan”:

• Vicky Cole-one-week family vacation for four in a cabin (up to three bedrooms) at Occoneechee, James River, or Bear Creek State Park

• Betty Anderson-A Night on the Town-two-hour limousine service, $50 gift certificate to Bistro 1888, and a bottle of wine

• Winston Harrell-A weedeater from Moneymaker Small Engine Repair

• Phil Hammond-Belk cosmetic gift basket

• Willie Thompson-$50 gift certificate to Farmer’s Foods

• Scott Conner-$50 gift certificate to Molasses Grill

• Robyn Pottage-$50 gift certificate to McCollum-Ferrell Shoes

• Willie Cope-$50 gift certificate to Lantor’s Store (this was the very last duck sold at 2:45 in Constitution Square)

• Kelly Comer-$50 gift certificate to W.A. Fuller Menswear

• Carolyn and Anna Lewis-two tickets to the Virginia Cantaloupe Festival on Friday, July 23

• Kenny David-two tickets to Halifax County Little Theatre’s production of Ramona Quimby this upcoming weekend

• Helen Webster-six-month membership to the YMCA

• Kelly Comer-Last Place Duck-’A Dead Last...Dead Duck’ along with an oil change from Greased Lightning...(Since that duck needs a pit stop).