More than 150 rubber ducks race down the Scantic River

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
East Windsor - posted Wed., Jul. 24, 2013
Debbie Talamini set the ducks free so they could race down the Scantic River on July 21. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.
Debbie Talamini set the ducks free so they could race down the Scantic River on July 21. Photos by Calla Vassilopoulos.

Adults and children gathered at the old filter beds in Broad Brook on July 21 to send more than 150 yellow rubber ducks down the Scantic River and around the bend. The ducks got off to a fairly good start, though a couple did get stuck near the edge of the river, but a volunteer was there to move them along. After the ducks maneuvered around the corner, they approached mild rapids, which kept the race moving right along. At the end of the rapids, volunteers waited to collect the ducks one by one and yell the winning numbers to Laura Harney from the BMX Skatepark Committee.

Once the race was complete, Harney and First Selectman Denise Menard compared their lists to be sure the numbers matched up, which they did. The first 30 winners were called by name to choose from a variety of prizes such as gift certificates, beer and gift baskets. First place was awarded to Kathy Pippin, who chose a gift certificate to Maine Fish Market. Pippin is also getting her name engraved on the trophy and has the opportunity to keep it until next year's race. Kelsey Grant received second place and Dave Richards came in third. 

The event was organized by the BMX Skatepark Committee, which has been working for the last six years to create a place for the community's youth to practice the sport. The efforts began with Brenda Crockett, who realized her son enjoyed the sport, but had no acceptable place to use his BMX biking skills. Since then the committee has been able to put asphalt down and install some equipment, which is available for everyone's use, including non-residents.

“The children are very respectful of the park,” said Crockett. “They keep it clean and they appreciate it.”


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