SHAMOKIN - Plastic ducks floating down Shamokin Creek Sunday afternoon helped generate $1,600 for the Brush Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The annual Duck Drop fundraiser and a visit by 21 "speeders" and "putt-putt" cars from the North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA) in the downtown district once again proved popular with young and old alike.

Whitney Fetterman, executive director for the chamber, said 400 tickets at $5 each were purchased for a chance to win prize money in the Duck Drop race. She said donations also were received.

Fetterman, Coal Township Manager Rob Slaby and Jodi Berry of M&T Bank had the honor of dropping the plastic ducks from three boxes into the Shamokin Creek from a bridge at Water and Liberty streets behind Original Italian Pizza. Most of the ducks landed safely and floated east toward Independence Fire Company, where they were rounded up in the creek by members of Shamokin Creek Restoration Alliance and other volunteers.

The first duck to reach the finish line belonged to Pat Reilley, who won $300. Eveann Shamus, whose duck came in second, was awarded $200. The third-place winning duck was purchased by Chris and Tara Venna, who received $100.

'Putt putt' cars

Prior to the 12:30 p.m. duck drop, the track cars were on display on East Independence Street from the municipal parking to the Shamokin Post Office before their private owners and other railroad buffs rode them up to "Yellow Hill" near the intersection of Routes 901 and 54 in Mount Carmel Township before returning through Shamokin on their way to Sunbury.

NARCOA sponsors similar excursions year round throughout the Susquehanna Valley and other locations.

Fetterman thanked all the volunteers who helped with the fund-raising event and especially commended prize sponsors including M&T Bank, Family Home Medical, Northumberland County Housing Authority, Olvany Insurance Agency, VNA Health System, Pam Burns and Leanne Bjorklund.