Rubber ducks race down Salmon Brook; volunteers get wetter than expected
By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
East Granby - posted Wed., Jul. 17, 2013
With 1,013 pink, yellow and blue rubber ducks competing at the East Granby Lions Club First Rubber Duck Derby, a few were bound to pass the finish line and keep floating, and they did. Needless to say, volunteers got a little wetter than expected at Granbrook Park on July 13, as they ventured out into the deep waters to collect those that drifted down Salmon Brook.
“I think the nicest thing was we have young and old alike,” said volunteer Janet Keough. “It wasn't just one generation, it was multi-generational today.”
Lions Club member and committee chair Lee Eckart, also known as the “Duck Commander,” thought of the idea after seeing a neighboring town was hosting a rubber duck race. He came across the venue when he was biking across the bridge near Granbrook Park and thought it would be “an ideal place” for the event. Patrons enjoyed food, kids' activities and live music from the Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers.
Most of the ducks were sold prior to the event, but more than 200 were adopted the day of the competition. The Lions Club awarded prizes to the top four finishers, ranging from $500 to $150 gift cards, as well as two dinner tickets to its Fall Turkey Dinner. First place went to Rollin Cowles, second place was awarded to Rosalie McKenney, Karen Oliver received third place, and Sister Ruth Kelly came in fourth.
“It was a great fun family event,” said Eugenia Drake. “It's a great way to support East Granby and come out and see some friends and neighbors.”