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Duck Race on Deck for Pleasantville Swim Team

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. – The Pleasantville Swim Team is working out the final kinks of a proposal that would bring an annual plastic duck race to the village. The idea, which would be a fundraiser for the swim team, was brought to the board of trustees on Monday night.

"Where I grew up and there is not a whole lot to do up there, this becomes a very big thing," said swim team board member Steve Lord of duck races held in his hometown in Vermont that, he said, raised $25,000 in one year.

In his proposal, Lord said the race is tentatively scheduled for June. The swim team will be selling the plastic ducks prior to the event at Pleasantville Day on May 19. The cost of the ducks will be $5 for one and $20 for five.

"For the first year, the swim team may not make a ton of money," said Lord. "But if we stick with it, it will become a really fun thing. The kids go crazy."

Trustee Mindy Berard is excited about the idea of bringing a duck race to Pleasantville. She said the Pleasantville Swim Team used to hold similar events. 

"We used to have invitations, way back when, and at that time we had a duck race where the swimmer would have to push the rubber duck with the nose," Berard said. "Or they had to do a backstroke with the duck on their forehead. It was great."

The current event would be different, however, with the plastic ducks set to float and swim in the creek near the Pleasantville Pool. Ducks entered into the competition will be marked with a number on the bottom and prizes will be handed out for team and individual winners.

“We want to get at least one ‘iSomething’ – probably an iPad," Lord said of the prizes. He also hopes to work with local businesses on donating other prizes.

While nothing is set in stone, the village officials seemed unanimous in their support of the event on Monday night.

"I'm so excited for this," said Village Administrator Patti Dwyer. "I'm going to get my duck in this race." 

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