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Rubber Duck Race Planned for Hampton Bays

The new Hampton Bays Civic event will take place on September 22.

In an effort to raise cash to fund community projects and scholarships, the Hampton Bays Civic Association has created a new family-friendly event that is being modeled after a , held in the Village of Quogue last summer.

The new event, according to Jacquie Russo, committee chair, is being billed as Family Fun Day and Rubber Duckie Race.

Russo, a Hampton Bays resident for the past 21 years, says she believes if the new Hampton Bays event is anything like the Quogue Association's Duck race, it will be a success.

Unlike Quogue's event, the Hampton Bays Civic Association, is incorporating not just a rubber duckie race, but also a barbecue at the new  restaurant, which sits on the Shinnecock Canal. 

The owners of Cowfish, David and Rachel Hersh, offered to provide the venue for the event as a donation, said Russo, who added that children will get free hot dogs and hamburgers. And everyone will get free soft drinks.

There will also be a puppet show, chinese auction and a bouncy house, said Russo.

The cost to attend the BBQ is $5 a person and $10 per family.

The duck race will culminate the event, said Russo, who says that she has her fingers crossed that the tide and wind won't work against the race — The ducks will race from the canal bridge to Cowfish.

The ducks, which will be available sometime this summer, said Russo will be sold for $100 each. It is intended that area merchants will sponsor the ducks.

The civic also plans to sell t-shirts, specifically made for the event. The t-shirts, said Russo, will feature a design that is selected from a high school art poster contest.  

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