B'ville: Crowds flock to annual event

It was quite busy this past weekend at Mercer Park.

The 13th annual Seneca River Days were in progress and, according to Jacquie Olmsted, president of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club which sponsors the annual event, Friday was quite a busy night. Olmsted said vendors were running out of supplies and the Rotary Clubs of Fulton, which operated a food stand at the event, used all their Saturday food on Friday.

"They say we had more than 5,000 people here Friday," Olmsted said referring to rumors of Friday night's attendance numbers.

Saturday's River Run attracted 22 adult participants, not bad for the first year. The 9:30 a.m. duck waddle only had three participants, but the children were very enthusiastic, each finishing the half-mile stretch in less than three minutes. Michael Widdmann, 11, came in first with a time of 2:11. His sister Claire, 8, finished with a time of 2:25 and Tina Bartelli, 7, came in third with a very respectable 2:33.

As the day progressed, people began to flow into the park and purchase their $5 ducks for the big race. Stands lined the park including Ramona's dressing complete with samples, Beaver Lake Nature Center and the Van Buren and Lysander Republican booth where residents could meet current and potential representatives.

The event culminated with the 4 p.m. duck race. Ruth Schultze of Baldwinsville won the $2,000 grand prize, compliments of the Baldwinsville Rotary Club. All the winners were from Baldwinsville.

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