August 2, 2012

A creative fund raiser

The Oskaloosa Herald

OSKALOOSA — If you had asked me what a Duck Plucker was a few weeks ago, I wouldn’t have had an answer.

After this past Saturday, my answer is a bit clearer. I had a chance to cover the Duck Plucker’s Ball events out at the Izaak Walton League and at Penn Central Mall that day. The story and photos appeared in the Monday, July 30, issue of the Herald. The ball served as a fund-raiser for track and field equipment to be used at the stadium at the Lacey Recreation Complex.

I had never been out to the shooting range at the Izaak Walton League before this past Saturday. But, I must say, the folks I saw out there seemed to be enjoying what they were doing.

For me, the most interesting part of the Duck Plucker’s Ball was the ball itself. I knew going into the event that I should expect to see people dressed in hunting and fishing gear. I also knew to expect to see the tables at the ball decorated in outdoor sports motifs.

I was really impressed with the level of participation when it came to the “camo and carats” dress code. I haven’t seen than much camo and orange in one place ever. I enjoyed the fact that some people dressed with a bit of humor in mind. I saw at least one person wearing a “mullet” wig.

To be perfectly honest, I felt like I wasn’t exactly fitting in at the ball as far as my choice of clothing went. Clad in my typical work attire of khakis and a polo shirt, I felt like my choice of clothing was rather boring compared to nearly everyone else at the ball.

And now to the decorated tables.

I was impressed with the lengths to which people were going to decorate their tables at the Duck Plucker’s Ball. Again, I was expecting to see some decorated tables, just not as much as they were Saturday night.

There were deer heads, antlers, duck decoys and anything else you’d expect to take on a hunting trip used as decoration on these tables. Some of them must have taken some real planning to pull off. Some of these folks got very creative when it came to decorating their table.

So, it appears that a Duck Plucker is, in fact, a person who wants to help fund track and field events out at the new stadium. They also enjoy dressing in their favorite hunting and fishing gear while raising said funds and know how to decorate a dinner table in a very unique way.