Lots of fun upstream at FireQuacker 1000 race

By on May 2, 2012

These local residents are all packed up and ready to see which yellow friend will be the winner in the FireQuacker 1000 Duck Race in Adamstown on May 12. Shown are (left to right) Jack Lammey, Adamstown Duck holding Conner McCafferty and Adamstown Community Days Chair Joe Dietrich. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Hundreds of ducks will be racing down the Little Muddy Creek in Adamstown on May 12 as the main event in Adamstown’s annual FireQuacker 1000 Duck Race.

The multi-colored plastic ducks will be launched near Boehringer’s and should make their appearance at the Willow Street bridge around noon. The first 12 ducks to cross the finish line will win cash prizes ranging from $200 to $25 for the lucky ticket holders.

The event is sponsored by the Adamstown Community Days Committee (ACD), with all proceeds helping to defray the cost of entertainment and fireworks over Memorial Day weekend. The ACD fireworks have a reputation as the best in the area, and the free entertainment on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights is popular with all age groups.

It’s easy to sponsor a duck. Tickets are $5 each and will be on sale at the Adamstown Post Office on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Ducks can also be purchased at Weaver’s Market on May 5 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. All ADC members will also have tickets available.

On race day beginning at about 10:30 a.m. chicken dinners will be available until they are sold out. For $7 guests can purchase a large half chicken, a bag of Good’s chips, a drink and a dessert.

There will be kids games, prizes and, for a small fee, inflatables will be provided by the Adamstown YMCA. The Adamstown Fire Company will officially start the race and have a fire engine at the finish line.

For more information about the Duck Race or Adamstown Community Days, visit adamstowncommunitydays.com.

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