FINDLEY LAKE - The rain may be for the ducks, as the saying goes, but when the rain clears, the sun is for the duck races.
Among the many Fourth of July activities in Findley Lake on Thursday was the Great Duck Race. Participants purchased more than 100 rubber duckies to participate in the annual event. When instructed, they dropped the duckies into Findley Lake. After several minutes, the ducks were carried with the current, through a drainage pipe and into a smaller collection pond.
This year's first-place winner was Keith Wade, from Charlotte, N.C., who has a house in Findley Lake.
Volunteers scoop the ducks out of the water after crowning a winner to the Great Duck Race.
P-J photo by Liz Skoczylas
"Our neighbors came over and said they were going down, so I said, 'Alright, well, we'll go down too, and we'll buy some ducks,'" Wade said. "We made sure that I picked an even number of colors. So, we had three yellow, three blue and three pink."
As a prize, Wade won a set of outdoor lounge chairs, which he said would go on his deck by the lake.
Aside from the Great Duck Race, the Findley Lake Fire Department was holding a chicken barbecue at the fire hall, in addition to a craft show and paradise vacation giveaway. Members of the Findley Lake Fire Department said they expected to sell around 500 chicken dinners throughout the day.
Other events for the day included a boat parade, a national bell ringing and fireworks.
According to Donna Beth Luce, president of the Chamber of Commerce, no one group is in charge of organizing the day's events.
"The firemen always do their chicken barbecue, the chamber has been doing the duck race for a number of years now, (the boat parade) is the Community Foundation," Luce said. "So, each of us has our thing, and it is kind of coordinated. We all know that if they're doing this, then we want to do ours."
Luce said the chamber pays for the music and organizes the fireworks, but it accepts donations to pay for the fireworks from the community.
"We've been doing it for so long, everyone just knows what to expect," Luce said. "We all pretty much know what's going on."