Spectators flock to second annual Rubber Duck Race

08/09/2014 4:00 PM |
Luke Murphy, 19 months, of Babylon clutched a rubber duck keychain and a chocolate chip cookie as he watched the second annual Rubber Duck Race in Flanders Saturday. (Rachel Young photos)

Luke Murphy, 19 months, of Babylon clutched a rubber duck keychain and a chocolate chip cookie as he watched the second annual Rubber Duck Race in Flanders Saturday. (Credit: Rachel Young)

In a sea — wait, make that bay — of 220 rubber ducks, only one emerged as victor at Flanders’ second annual Rubber Duck Race, held Saturday afternoon on the Big Duck property.

It belonged to 10-year-old Chase Wanat of Flanders, who showed off his $100 cash prize following the friendly competition, which was organized by Friends of the Big Duck and benefits operations there. The inaugural race was held last summer.

Chase and around 100 other spectators gathered at Flanders Bay around noon as a large bucketful of rubber ducks, sold for $5 apiece, were dropped into the water by members of the Flanders Fire Department.

Helped along by the gentle current, the toys slowly made their way toward the finish line as children and adults cheered.

Coming in second place was the Stalzer family of Rockville Centre, who won two tickets to the Suffolk Theater. Taking home third place was Diane Barth, not present, who won Splish Splash tickets. Other prizes included a gift basket and inflatable pool chaise longue.

ryoung@timesreview.com

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