ELYSBURG - Hundreds of guests of Knoebels Amusement Resort enjoyed a cool ride on the Log Flume Saturday, but it was dozens of little yellow rubber ducks that may have gotten the best ride.

The first ever duck drop to benefit the local chapter of the Salvation Army was held at the ride prior to the park's opening. The event raised $2,030 for the organization.

A total of 203 tickets, at $10 each, were sold prior to the event. Each ticket allowed the purchaser to drop three ducks into the water. The top ten ducks in each of three heats were included in a final race for grand prizes.

Mike Slotterback, a maintenance employee at Knoebels Amusement Resort, started the inaugural race by dropping a box of ducks from above an entrance to the cave, just after the first lift-hill.

About a minute later the ducks crossed a finish line near the base of the second lift-hill, where lifeguards, maintenance personnel and Ron "Buddy" Knoebel, co-owner of the resort and member of the Salvation Army advisory board, were standing to scoop them up.

First place was awarded to Chris Rickert. He won a $200 Knoebels package and a News-Item subscription.

Second place was awarded to Jim Slotterback. He won a News-Item subscription and $60 worth of various gift cards.

Third place was awarded to Stacy Derck. She won $50 worth of gift cards.

The owners of the next 30 ducks were each awarded $25 worth of various gift cards. Each person will be contacted by a member of the Salvation Army.

Assisting at the event were members of the Salvation Army, Jim Cecco, Knoebels maintenance man; and lifeguards Theo Deptula, Chelsea Lorenz, Tiff Kalejta and Danielle Boyd.

Larry Deklinski/Staff Photo