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Rubber duckies so much fun in Wadhams

Rubber ducky, I hope you're the one to win the Wadhams VFD rubber duck race.

Rubber ducky, I hope you're the one to win the Wadhams VFD rubber duck race.

— As many as 400 rubber ducks will make their way down the Boquet River this Father’s Day as part of the second year.

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Members of the Wadhams Volunteer Fire Department fish rubber ducks out of the Boquet River after the first duck race last year.

The Rubber Duck Race, to be held on Sunday, June 17, at 3 p.m., has quickly become a popular fundraiser for the Wadhams Volunteer Fire Department and a companion to the annual Wadhams Strawberry Festival.

“We launched everything we had last year, which was 300 ducks,” Sheera Broderick of the fire department said. “This year we bought 100 more ducks and will probably use them all as well.”

Broderick said that the department was able to make just under $1,000 in proceeds from the event and will hope to make more this year with continued community support and the lack of having to pay for initial event costs.

“We have had such great support from the local businesses and artisans who have helped to donate prizes,” she said. “We also have already sold about 300 of the ducks for the event.”

There will be three cash prizes of $250 (first), $100 (second) and $50 (third), along with 30 other prizes.

“The cash prizes are for the first three ducks that cross the finish line,” Broderick said. “The other prizes will be raffled out.”

The funds from the event will go to help the fire department help those in need.

“We use the money to make donations to families in the community to help pay for medical travel or help replace belongings that were lost in a fire,” Broderick said. “Last year, we made just under $800 in donations in the community.”

People will have chances to purchase the ducks at the Dogwood Bakery in Wadhams or during the annual Strawberry Festival, which starts at 1 p.m. at the Wadhams Church.

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