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Volunteers collect rubber ducks during the Dickson City Days rubber duck races at Bernard Seminski Park. Photo and article courtesy of The Times-Tribune

The common mallard that typically floats down the Lackawanna River took a back seat to hundreds of yellow rubber duckies bouncing with the current through a finish line Saturday.

Yellow caution tape marked the finish line for the Dickson City Days rubber duck races along the stretch of the river near Bernard Seminski Park on Elm Street in the borough. The annual event at the park began Friday night and went out with a bang Saturday with a massive fireworks display.

Along with the duck races on water, the event — in its fifth year — featured food, including potato pancakes, and live entertainment from the Mid Valley Steel Pan Band. The festival is a way for Dickson City organizations, including the light committee and Cub Scouts, to spread the word about their missions, said Mayor Stanley Prushinski.

Multiple Dickson City organizations — including the Civic Center, which held the duck race Saturday — come together in the fall to begin planning the two-day event.

“I think it’s great because we get all the people together,” said Prushinski.