Duck race benefits Relay for Life

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After all the ducks that were purchased for $5 to benefit Relay for Life, they were dumped from high atop the Waynesburg/Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department fire truck. Greene County Commissioner Blair Zimmerman and a Southwest Regional Medical Center board member, measures to determine the last place duck.
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Waynesburg/Franklin Township firefighter Eric Marshall releases a bag dull of ducks Sunday at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The ducks were purchased for $5 each and the proceeds benefit Relay for Life. The event was sponsored by Southwest Regional Medical Center. The winner was determined by which duck landed nearest to a bull’s eye.

WAYNESBURG – Southwest Regional Medical Center’s seventh annual duck race Sunday came complete with perfect weather and many attendees who came out to enjoy a fun filled day at the Greene County Fairgrounds.

The annual event raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Greene County Relay for Life.

The event featured a fun-filled day of games, food, prizes, an egg hunt and the duck race. Each rubber duck was “adopted” for $5 then dumped from the cherry picker of the Waynesburg/Franklin Township Volunteer Fire Department’s fire truck.

The duck that landed closest to the bull’s eye won $100; the second closest duck, $50; the third closest duck, $25; and the furthest duck received $25.

The winners were as follows:

• First place, Pam Blaker;

• Second place, Chris Dugan;

• Third place, Rachelle Kamenos, who donated her money to Amedysis;

• Last place, Connie Jones.

New this year was the spirit duck competition. Each school district in the county submitted a decorated duck to display at the race. Attendees voted for their favorite duck by placing $1 votes in the container. Each duck was uniquely decorated and carefully designed. The winners were first place, Carmichaels Area School District; second, Jefferson-Morgan School District; third, Central Greene School District; fourth, West Greene Area School District; and fifth, Southeastern Greene Area School District

Winner of the 50/50 pluck a duck was Terri Neighbors.

“The event is a wonderful way for us to show support to the community in a family-centered environment,” said Cindy Cowie, CEO. “We are appreciative of the support and continued growth of the event and look forward to it every year. Thanks to all of our employees, the school districts, our sponsors and the community members who continue to make this event such a success. Each year, it gets bigger and better.”

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