Just ducky - thousands of them

Winslow's 27th annual Duck Derby takes place this Sunday, May 21


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  • File photos by Roger Gavan Weekend visitors and newcomers could understandably be excused for wondering why hundreds of adults and children came out to crowd the bridges or run along the banks of Wawayanda Creek in the downtown area of the Village.




  • The finish line - volunteers capture the winning ducks.



WARWICK — It's here.

Warwick's annual Duck Derby, a popular fund-raising event sponsored by Winslow Therapeutic Center, will be off and running, or we should say, "swimming," this Sunday, May 21.

Tickets are still on sale for the race and proceeds will be divided equally between Winslow and other not-for-profit organizations that help market the tickets.

Winslow Therapeutic Center is a not-for-profit organization offering therapeutic horseback riding healing programs for children and adults.

Anyone new to this area may wonder what the "Duck Derby" is all about.

On the day of the race hundreds of adults and children will be crowding the bridges or running along the banks of Wawayanda Creek in the downtown area of the Village of Warwick. Most will have "adopted" one or more of thousands of rubber ducks, each bearing the number that corresponds with the $5 ticket they purchased.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. volunteers will release all the ducks from the South Street Bridge, the starting line of the race. The ducks will then quickly float down Wawayanda Creek to the nearby finish line just beyond the Main Street Bridge.

There are eight valuable prizes, including $1,000 cash, an X-Box one, and Bose Wireless Headphones.

Tickets are available at Winslow, 1433 Route 17A, Warwick and at many local businesses. There are also approximately 30 other organizations, clubs and agencies selling tickets.

For additional information about the Duck Derby or Winslow Therapeutic Center, call 986-6686.

- Roger Gavan


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