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Published: October 16th 2009
Over a month ago I had the pleasure of enjoying my first strange event near my new home on the Eastern Seaboard. After years of training from watching Gilmore Girls, I moved to Maine with the expectation of odd East-Coast-small-town festivals and celebrations. Not that Minnesota is oddity-less, take the Garlic Fest
or the Annual International Eelpout Festival
as proof. A few weeks after my arrival in Maine, I had my first shot at interesting: the Great Bangor Rubber Duck Race. The thrill of the race was cut short for me as it was the same day I wound up visiting the ER for a lengthy period of time. However, my brief glimpse of duck racing was a brief glimpse of glory.
The date: September 12
The time: Shortly before 10am
Several minutes before the race was set to begin, it became clear that race officials were not sure where the ducks should be dropped. Four kayaks in the canal running through town displayed little movement in either directions. The approximately 1000 rubber ducks were dropped into the canal at the original starting point, which proved disadvantageous to all involved. There was virtually no current in the canal (except for a few
unlucky ducks that began to float backwards, away from the race), so the Official Race Kayakers (Orks) took matters into their own hands. For ten or fifteen minutes, they queued up behind the ducks, building up enough speed to power through the masses and attempt to build a current. The results were lackluster. Next up on the agenda was the move that saved the day: Rubber duck by rubber duck, the Orks threw those losing the race to the frontlines. Moving forward in a delicate weave, the 5 Orks in 4 kayaks pushed the ducks en masse toward the finish line. Their patience appeared to wear thin near the end of the race, when they gave up the charade and began to declare winners 20 feet shy of the finish line. Based on my experience gained from faux-East Coast festivals on Gilmore Girls, I expected no less - and certainly, no more.
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