Each October, the local fire department association has an open house and duck race fund raiser. As you can see these ducks are of the plastic variety. People buy a duck for the day for $5. They are all dumped into the river and ‘swim’ downstream where chutes narrow the lane to funnel them into a single line so that one crosses the finish line first.
There are also fire engine rides and the chance to touch and explore the fire engines. The money goes to buying equipment for the department. While it may seem like all fun and games, a thermal-imaging camera purchased with such funds saved a man’s life last year.
No ducks were harmed in the making of this post.