Duck Race Winner a Mystery

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Duck Race Chairman Richard Wright snags a duck at the finish line. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Duck Race Chairman Richard Wright snags a duck at the finish line. (Photo by Pat Blair)

Someone from 609 Consulting on North Main Street had the winning duck in this year's duck races in Kendrick Park.

But as of Friday afternoon, no one knew who that was. The first duck across the finish line was Number 173, part of a group of tickets purchased by the consulting firm's boss and distributed to employees. But which employee held the Lucky 173 ticket could not immediately be determined.

In the meantime, Carol Troutt's duck, number 379, came in second. Last across the finish line was Duck 449, who earned ticket-holder Steve Melnick a free ticket for next year's duck races.

Water in Goose Creek was high and fast through the park, and the winning duck may have set a speed record, finishing the course in seven or eight minutes. That came as no surprise to Rick Levi, president of the Sheridan Kiwanis Club. He talked about the ducks' preparation for the race in a pre-event interview.

The Kiwanis Club sponsors the annual race.

Duck Race Chairman Richard Wright talked about the conditions after the race.

The race has been part of Rodeo Friday events for more than 30 years. The president credited Kiwanis member Jim Wilhelm with starting the idea here after seeing a duck race in Colorado.

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Kiwanians Richard Wright and, left, Harlan Rasmussen waiting for the ducks. (Photo by Pat Blair)