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Revived Brant Lake duck race proves its popularity

HORICON - After attracting a substantial crowd, the traditional Great Brant Lake Duck Race has been resurrected, and is likely to return in upcoming years, an event organizer said Friday.

The event, held Oct. 10 for the first time in about five years or more, attracted about 200 participants and spectators, organizer Barbara Blum said.

The event features dropping plastic ducks into a sluiceway at Mill Pond, and awarding prizes to the people whose ducks are among the first to cross a downstream finish line.

Sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Horicon Fire Department and the North Warren Chamber of Commerce, the duck race prompted other events to be held on its coattails.

The Ladies Auxiliary served 115 people attending a pancake breakfast, which was new this year, Blum said.

The Friends of the Horicon Free Library held a pumpkin painting session in the new outdoor pavilion built by Eagle Scouts behind the firehouse and next to the town ballpark. This event, coordinated by Friends member Maureen Roberts, attracted nearly 60 children, North Warren Chamber representative Tom Johansen said Monday.

A quilt show, held in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brant Lake, featured more than 100 quilts on display, primarily created by local residents, Johansen said. Several of the quilts were historic.

Laid over the pews of the church, the quilts prompted considerable interest from more than 100 admirers visiting the church, he said.

The creations on display included a quilt made by Mary Jane Dower's great-great grandmother from Brant Lake, Johansen said.

Blum expressed thanks on behalf of the event organizers for the businesses and individuals who contributed toward the event, including those who donated prizes for raffles.

Winners in the 2009 duck race were: Barbara Grande of Rochester, first place; Dianna Bentley of Brant Lake, runner up, and Alyson Schultz of Brant Lake, third.

Blum said Friday she was happy the Great Brant Lake Duck Race was revived and is now likely to bring joy to people year after year.

"Everything surpassed our expectations this year," she said. "But next year, it will be bigger and even better."

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