Too dry for the duck race
CANTON - The Duck Race at the Canton Fireman's Fair isn't until this afternoon, but fair volunteer Connie Kern was all ready Friday night.
"Try your luck, buy a duck," she said with a smile.
On the table before her, pink, blue, and yellow rubber duckies were lined up. She literally had her ducks in a row.
Kern said the Duck Race will be held around 4:30 p.m. today. Ducks are only $1 each, or as the sign pointed out, "a duck for a buck."
"I've got a lot to sell," Kern said.
However, don't look for the ducks to be bobbing along in the creek beside the fairgrounds. It's dry.
Jodie Bardo, fair coordinator, said the duck race will take place in the fire department's portable pond.
First prize is $50, second prize is $25, and third prize is $10.
But the duck race isn't the only big event today.
The fireworks show will be held sometime around 9:45 p.m. to 10 p.m., said Canton Fire Chief Kim Jennings.
He said it's a big draw each year.
The band "MidNight Sun" will play a patriotic song at the beginning of the show in sync with the pyrotechnics.
Jennings said the music was first tried last year.
"Everybody seemed to like that," he said.
Also, a bike drawing will be held today. In order to give as many kids a chance to win the bikes as possible, the fire department is giving a ticket for a chance to win to all kids 12 years old and under who come through the gates. Two bicycles, a boys and a girls mountain bike, along with helmets, will be given away.
Bardo said that 3,200 people attended the fair from Tuesday through Thursday, which she said is average attendance.
"The weather has been cooperating really well," said Jennings. "Hopefully, it stays that way."
Bardo said all the food booths have been doing well, and the Ferris Wheel and Round-up rides are popular. The Ferris Wheel features an LED light show this year.
"It's so awesome," Jennings said.
Bardo said 75 fire department and non-fire department members volunteer with the fair, and planning begins in March.
The non-fire department members helping out with the fair, she said, want to give a "thank you to all we do for the community."
For a whole week before the fair, volunteers are at the fairgrounds three times a week getting everything ready. It's the fire department's big fundraiser.
Fairgoers can also help out a cancer victim, Roger Herriman of Exchange, Pa., by buying a ticket for a quilt raffle. The table for the raffle is in the metal building at the fairgrounds, where the quilt is on display. Tickets are $5 each and the drawing is July 28 in Exchange. Donations are also accepted.
His sister, Debra Richart of Canton Township, was selling the tickets Friday. She said he has an aggressive form of cancer, and the proceeds will help pay his medical bills.
Eric Hrin can be reached at (570) 297-5251; email: firstname.lastname@example.org.