Published on October 25, 2019

6th Annual Wood Duck Derby Grand Prize Winners

Wood Duck Derby 2019 winners James family

Congratulations to the James family, whose rubber "Wood Duck" was the first to cross the finish line at this year's Wood Duck Derby on October 5!

Our grand-prize winners were initially told that they had won a Kayak Pack from Bass Pro Shops and came to the Nature Center eager to claim their prize. When they found out they'd actually won a check for $750, they were simultaneously shocked and thrilled.

They'd entered the race every year for the last five years without winning anything. But this time they came up big! How will they celebrate? One of the boys joked, "We can buy 1,000 sticky sling toys and shoot them all over the place!" 

Their excitement was contagious and showed exactly why the Stony Brook staff looks forward to this signature moment of the Fall Fair every year.

Congratulations to all of this year's winners, and thank you to everyone who participated. We are also enormously grateful to all of this year's event sponsors. The Wood Duck Derby is great fun, and has deservedly become a true rite of fall.