Longview man named winner in annual duck race
From Staff Reports

Sept. 19, 2005 - Gary Sweek of Longview went home with the top prize Saturday afternoon in the 2005 Great Duck Race held in conjunction with the annual Fall Festival. Sweek’s yellow duck took home the $500 first place prize.

Anthony Tanton’s orange duck went home with the $250 second place prize while Ricky Glossup’s pink duck was awarded the $100 third place prize. Trenton Norris also went home with a $50 prize. His pink duck was named the lame duck.

This year’s race saw an increase in participation over the inaugural duck race held just one year ago. About 200 more ducks were entered in the race this year than in the race last year, for an overall count of just over 1,000 ducks being raced.

The success of the second annual event, according to organizers, was due in large part to sponsorship and support of several local merchants. Independent Aflac Insurance Agents Leann Carpenter Oliver of Greenville and Nationwide Agency of Colleyville are credited for their sponsorship. Merchants noted for supporting the duck race through displays and ticket sales included City Hall, M&W Feed, Alliance Bank, City National Bank, Guaranty Bond Bank, Town & Country Cleaners, Tri-County Feed,  Community Bank, Plain & Fancy, as well as Sulphur Springs Ford and Tommy Perez who served as the 2005 duck master. Also, City Manager Marc Maxwell and the city of Sulphur Springs were also thanked by event coordinators for “providing running water for the creek from Coleman Lake.”

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