Revived Brant Lake duck race returns for 2010

HORICON - The traditional Great Brant Lake Duck Race, resurrected last year with substantial success, is set to occur this weekend.

This community celebration, set for Saturday, Oct. 9, includes a variety of activities for both children and adults, organizer Barbara Blum said. Last year, after about five years' absence, the event attracted about 200 participants and spectators.

This year's event starts at 8 a.m. with a community pancake breakfast in the Horicon Fire Department firehouse. The meal, a fundraiser, is sponsored by the fire department's Ladies Auxiliary. Servings last until 11 a.m.

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

The Friends of the Horicon Free Library is holding a pumpkin painting session at 1 p.m. at the Horicon Town Center. This event attracted nearly 60 children last year.

A quilt show, held in St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Brant Lake, is to feature as many as 100 quilts on display, primarily created by local residents. Several of the quilts are likely to be historic. In 2009, the quilts - laid over the pews of the church - prompted considerable interest from more than 100 admirers visiting the church.

Tickets can be purchased for "a buck a duck" at The Crossroads Store, EZ Marine, the Horicon Museum, and during Wednesday Night Bingo at the Horicon Firehouse.

Blum said she was happy the Great Brant Lake Duck Race was so well received after its revival.

"I hope it's as successful this year as it was in 2009," she said.

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