Hundreds of rubber ducks cascaded into the Quogue canal Friday evening as dozens of children and their parents lined the western rail of the Post Lane Bridge to see whose faux fowl would cross the finish line first and bring home the big prize.
Charlie Beasley took the first-place prize of $1,000 in the annual Quogue Association Duck Race, with Patricija Dirzius taking home $500 for second and Peggy Veziris taking $250 for third.
Approximately 2,400 ducks were purchased, according to an email from the not-for-profit community group’s president, Clarke Lewis. Since they sold for roughly $5 apiece, the fundraiser may well have grossed more than $10,000 for the Quogue Association, although the association’s treasurer, Lynn Crowe, declined to say exactly how much the association made.
The event also included a gathering near the finish line at the village recreation area at the end of Quogo Neck Lane with live music and food for participants.
Quogue resident Karyn Ravin, who attended the event with her 2-year-old daughter, Leah, said the yearly race is a must-attend summer event in the village.
“It’s the hottest event in Quogue during the summer,” she said as her daughter played with her rubber duck just minutes before tossing it into the water.
While some attended the event to socialize, for others, like 6-year-old Reid Baumgarten, it was all about the cash prize.
Westchester resident Evan Baumgarten said his son was thinking all dollar signs as Reid listed off his potential winnings: “$1,000 for first, $500 for second, $250 for third.”
For Lynn Lomas, who was attending the duck race for the fourth consecutive year, the event wasn’t as much about winning as it was about spending time with family and supporting the Quogue community.
“It’s fun, it’s a great thing to support the Quogue Association and it’s a great family-friendly event,” Mr. Lomas said.