This past Sunday of the Earth Day weekend saw the 2nd running of the SJRA Duck Derby on the Mauch Chunk Creek along Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Under cool but rain-free skies, more than 900 numbered, multicolored plastic ducks "raced" downstream to the finish line across from the Immaculate Conception Church.

The Duck Derby was sponsored by Saint Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe and the SJRA Home and School Association.

According to event coordinator Trish Spillman, the derby has grown in size and popularity with this year's crowd being several times larger than last year's inaugural running of the duck derby.

Something new this year, was the addition, from 2 to 4 p.m., of a Duck Festival for the kids with games, baked goods, and food with the Duck Derby itself run at 4 p.m.

At the derby's finish line, a special fence and pipe, which were designed by Kevin Zurwawa, were placed in the creek to catch the ducks at the end of their approximately 3 1/2 minute race down the stream from their drop point.

Volunteers were in the stream at the finish line to make sure that the fence held and to remove all of the ducks from the stream when the race had ended.

Part of the proceeds from the fundraising event will got to the SJRA Home and School Association to help support the school and part will be be used to help parents of students at the school to offset tuition expenses.

Not only was the Duck Derby successful in aiding SJRA, but it was also a great deal of fun for all who came out for it.