photo by Jeannie
Kismet's Duck Races
photos and text by Bradlee White
The duck races have become a cherished tradition as an August fund-raiser for
the Kismet Fire Department. Based on a suggestion from Mike Fiore, and
adapted by Sam Wood and Joe McKeehan, a 24-foot frame was built. Each
year, the frame, located behind the firehouse, is reassembled, a liner
installed, and water added. Fans are the source of propulsion for the
numbered plastic “swimming” ducks. Joe is off the island was not able to
attend this year, but Sam and Cody put it all together and Joe Carlton helped
the little duckies get started. It didn’t take long for the yard to fill
up. Sam and Cody made some last minute adjustments.
The star of the show, the grand race sponsor and announcer, Frank
Boulton, stepped up with his portable mike. Then they were off.
There were about five races for kids, two for adults plus the grand 50-50 for
adults. Volunteers, including Patty R., Cindy, Chris R.,
Krysia, Brooke Lambe, Judy and Rusty ., Amy, Cheryl L., Janet, Linda N.,
Sharon, Karen S., Vic and Rose, Paul, Rudy and John A., managed the event, sold
ducks and gave out prizes.
An unanticipated highlight at the end of the event occurred when Elizabeth
Bertucci climbed into the trough for a swim. Daddy Dom was quick to an
unappreciated rescue. There were a lot of envious spectators on that very
Frank supplied all the
prizes. The children (every child got something) got autographed
baseballs, hats and caps, Duck bobble heads and Duck quackers. There were
also auctions for a donated picture and four wooden ducks.
Eileen Rafferty won the
checkerboard raffle. Vic and Ashley won two of the ducks. The first
place 50-50 winner, Donny, won $750. The second place winner, Surf’s Out
Paul, got the use of a 20-seat sky box for a Ducks game. The third prize
winner, Emmie Ryan, got the use of Frank’s 4-person box for the fireworks next
Is it going to work?
Joe and Cody get them started
Front row seats
The Heiderstadt kids
Brooke, Krysia, Judy, Cheryl
Cindy and Chris
Patty and Rose
Sharon, Janet & Linda at the Raffle desk
Vic and his helper post scores
Ashley, friend Maddy and Casey
Winners picking up prizes
Oops...Elizabeth wants a swim
Daddy will get you out
Now my baby wants to swim too
additional photos by Jeannie
Amy & Kiley
Sam and the Mysterious Mallory
which duck do I want?
this man is dangerous with a megaphone
c'mon, what's holding things up?