The 23nd Annual Fulton Lions Club Duck Derby splashes down from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 in the canal park behind Tavern on the Lock Restaurant, 24 S. First St., it was announced by Don Labarge, club president. “This is the weekend following Labor Day when we have traditionally held this event,” Labarge said.
“This year’s event features thousands of dollars in prizes and live entertainment by ‘The Fabulous Ripcords’ presented by Community Bank N.A., “Labarge said. “First place wins $2,500, sponsored by Fulton Medicine Place. The ducks ‘race’ at 4 p.m. in the Oswego River.
“Other prizes include U. S. Savings Bonds or cash, and there are drawings throughout the event for everything from restaurant gift certificates, to car care, to water park passes. Pus there will be chances to win $250 in NYS Lottery tickets.”
Duck tickets are $5 each or six for $25 (one free ticket), said Fred Aldrich, event chairperson. Tickets are available at Chirello Advertising, Fulton Medicine Place, Phoenix Medicine Place, the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Fulton office, and from any Fulton Lions member.
As many as 3,000 spectators have attended the event and all proceeds benefit the Fulton community through Lions club programs, Aldrich said. Previous Duck Derbies have raised as much as $10,000.
The Fulton Lions Club is part of Lions Club International (LCI), which was founded by Melvin Jones in 1917. It is the largest service club in the world with over one million members in more than 170 countries. The Fulton club, with 50 members, is one of the largest and most active Lions clubs in Central New York.
Lions Clubs are committed to sight and hearing projects. Fulton Lions have joined with LCI to support Campaign Sight First II to help prevent blindness worldwide. Fulton Lions provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids. During the past year, Fulton Lions have paid for more than $8000 in eye exams, hearing aids and eyeglasses for Fulton residents.
In addition, the Fulton club collects used eyeglasses for refurbishment and redistribution at Waby Opticians, Empire Vision Center, Wal-Mart, PathFinder Bank and The Medicine Place. The Fulton club also supports the Guiding Eyes for the Blind program that trains Seeing Eye dogs for the blind, and the Finger Lakes Lions Hearing Foundation.
Anyone interested in membership in the Fulton Lions Club, or seeking more information can visit the club’s web site at www. http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php. Correspondence can be mailed to Fulton Lions Club, c/o Steve Chirello, P.O. Box 727, Fulton, NY 13069.