HdG's Duck Dunk to return for second year

The cold waters of the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay will again be filled with some Havre de Grace "dunkers" Saturday.

The city's version of the Maryland Polar Bear Plunge is back again this weekend. The Susquehanna Hose Company hopes it will raise more money for the Havre de Grace fire crews.

Participants in the Duck Dunk will don swimming attire (and shoes!) to brave the weather as they race into the bay.

This would be the second year for the event, which was inspired by the Polar Bear Plunge that regularly draws thousands of plungers.

Besides prizes for the top three pledgers, this year's event will also offer a prize for the top costume, Scott Hurst, chief of the Susquehanna Hose Company, said.

"We had some people show up last year in costume, so we thought that might be nice," he said of the prize idea.

The dunk itself is expected to start at 10 a.m. at the Yacht Basin, although Hurst said it will probably be just a little later.

Dunkers are allowed to make three total dunks at 20-minute intervals.

About 28 or 30 people dunked last year. This year, 33 people had signed up as of Wednesday.

Hurst said he expects more would register by Saturday morning, and he hoped the event would bring in at least 50 dunkers this time.

A silent auction and general pre-game event with a raffle will be held Friday night at Bill Bateman's Bistro. The auction will end at 11 p.m. and Hurst said he believes it will feature a Kindle Fire tablet.

Bill Bateman's will also provide a free breakfast to dunkers from 8 to 10 the morning of the dunk.

Participants can sign up for a $35 fee or by making at least a $35 pledge.

Registration will also run from 8 to 9:45 a.m. Saturday morning.

Hurst said the event raised more than $4,000 for the fire company last year so he hopes it does even better this time.

The funds will most likely go toward equipment replacement, he said.

Sponsorship money always goes a long way, he noted.

Hurst also hopes to see some city leaders come once again. Mayor Wayne Dougherty and Councilman Bill Martin took part in the dunk last time and are doing it again this year, he said.

Interested residents can sign up at the Hose Company's website, http://www.susquehanna5.com, or by e-mailing shcoduckdunk@yahoo.com.

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