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Ducky Derby, FamFest bring awareness and fun for all

Aug 28

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MUNCIE – Hundreds of people lined the north bank of the White River, just west of the Tillotson Avenue bridge, on Saturday morning to ensure all their ducks were in a row.

The spectators watched as more than 6,000 rubber ducks, which were dropped into the river from the bridge above, made their way — slowly but surely — toward the finish line about a quarter of a mile downstream.

The aquatic toys involved in the 2nd annual Ducky Derby all finished the race within 15 minutes, and the top 10 finishers — based on a "bib" number assigned to each duck, were announced along the river bank. The top duck belonged to Brian Donnelly, according to event organizers.

The event also included a corporate race using oversized ducks and pitted the derby sponsors against each other. The winner of that race was Wee Wisdom.

The races combined to raise thousands of dollars, organizers said, for Meridian Health Services' child advocacy programs. Those programs are aimed at the prevention of child abuse and providing aid for young victims.

According to Scott Smalstig, vice president of fund development for Meridian, the race was a way to connect people to the facts of child abuse and to the rest of their community.

"For the area, it's important to have fun," Smalstig said. "This is a challenging issue, but this is a fun way to talk about it and face it and raise money (to help fight abuse)."

Meridian also aids law enforcement to protect children and ensure justice is served, Smalstig said. Several police officers and sheriff's deputies showed their support of the initiatives by taking part in the FamFest event Saturday. The health and fun fair, which was done in conjunction with the Ducky Derby, was at the Suzanne Gresham Center, a primary office for Meridian Health.

Among the public safety personnel at FamFest was Delaware County Sheriff Ray Dudley, who served time in the dunk tank, where he was dropped into the water each of the first five tries. It didn't get much easier for Dudley, as most everyone got winning throws.

"It's about bringing the community together and making sure there's an awareness about important issues," Dudley told The Star Press. "It's a great event and we love being part of it."

In addition to the tank, there were several vendors and games for event-goers. The center's gymnasium featured health-focused presenter tables.

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