The annual Anything That Floats race proved once again to be an interesting experiment in buoyancy.
The contest was held this past Saturday as part of the Seneca River Days.
For the contest, entrants must construct a vessel that transports them from Coopers Marina to Mercer Park with less than $50 in supplies. Sponsored by Rosemary Bucci of Bucci and Lockwood Attorneys, the contest had eight entries, each of which received recognition from the three judges, Lysander Supervisor Barry Bullis, Baldwinsville Mayor Joe Saraceni and County Legislator Richard Lesniak. According to Norma Widdmann, organizer of the event, the three municipal leaders were responsible for some of the strange categories awarded to the winners.
The race began at 2:15 p.m., with the first place winner cruising to the shore of the park at about 2:25 p.m. and the last contestant paddling in about a half-hour later.
First place went to Captain Berton Mead and his crewmember, Jerry Schrank of the Lion's Club for their entry Davey Jones IV, a four-year veteran of the race. The judges also awarded the entry "Best Float that Looks Like a Boat." Second place and "Most Original" went to a couple of pirates, Dave Weaver and Cono Damato, and their entry The Plank. The two attempted to overtake Davey Jones IV with squirt guns, but eventually ceased fire when their efforts proved in vain.
College Bound Captain Brian Spadaro received third place and the distinction of "Barely Legal" as he arrived late and didn't make it to shore to register. Fourth place went to Captain Bob Scherfling and his entry In Through the Out Door. He also received "Best Use of Antique Materials."
Fifth place went to another Lion's Club duo, Captain Jack Osinski and crewmember Ron Schmidt for their entry Bullship IV. The duo also received "Most Colorful Use of Duct Tape" for their flashy creation.
Sixth place went to Maureen Gargan, captain of Go Slow. Because her vessel was made almost entirely out of pool noodles, she also received the honor of "Best Use of Noodles." Seventh place went to Joan Precourt, captain of Grandma's Fun. Precourt received "Most Labor Intensive" as she paddled the entire distance with her feet. Captain Clea Falter and her Barrel of Fun entry received "Prettiest" and eighth place.
Family, friends and other audience members cheered contestants on as they stood along the shore awaiting their arrival.