On Sunday afternoon, September 29, 2019, The Ruddy Duck at Dowell presented DuckFest Oktoberfest to benefit the United Way of Calvert County and the Maryland Resource Group for the National Fragile X Foundation. On a warm sunny day, the event was held under the tents. Music was provided all during the event by Run Catch Rain, Shallowdeep, Squid Inc, and Kelly Bell Band on the stage. Michael Kelley, one of the owners, opened the event, stating this year the Ruddy Duck charity event will cross over the $100,000 total mark of donations in 4 years. He also cautioned his servers to not let attendees over consume on alcohol and to push water due to the extreme heat.
Speaking with the other owner, Carlos Yanez, he said there would be at least 1,000 attendees expected during the course of the event. It is the 4th year and Michael Kelley had been on the board of United Way Calvert County.
As with many fundraisers, a kid friendly zone with face painting, kid’s cornhole and a duck pond with prizes. A silent auction tent held many great items for bid including a Solomons Staycation, wine night, golfers world, wellness package, Jagermeister Fan, UMD Basketball Game & Dinner, St George Escape, Jim Bean Fan, and cocktail enthusiast. Southern Maryland Entertainment provided a photo booth. On the back patio, Leonardtown Cigars was holding a cigar party!
To keep the crowd busy, there was giant beer pong, can jam, cornhole and cornhole distance challenge. All the game proceeds benefitted the charities. And last but not least there was the pint drinking contest and the costume contest!
And what is an Oktoberfest without German food! For those who wanted something good to eat, there were beer brats with sauerkraut and German potato salad, chicken sausage with sautéed onions and apples and bacon jam, pulled sauerbraten over German fried potatoes and onions, German pretzels served with whole grain IPA mustard, pork schnitzel sliders with herb mustard, jalapeño jelly and sauerkraut. For the sweet tooth there was German dark chocolate brownie or German plum cake.
The fundraiser benefitted United Way of Calvert County. They provide support to 38 agencies within the county and fund programs in areas of education, financial stability and health so that change is possible for struggling families in Calvert County.
The fundraiser also benefitted Maryland Resource Group for the National Fragile X Foundation.Fragile X syndrome (FXS) is a genetic disorder. A genetic disorder means that there are changes to the person’s genes. FXS is caused by changes in the fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1) gene. The FMR1 gene usually makes a protein called fragile X mental retardation protein (FMRP). FMRP is needed for normal brain development. People who have FXS do not make this protein. People who have other fragile X-associated disorders have changes in their FMR1 gene but usually make some of the protein.
FXS affects both males and females. However, females often have milder symptoms than males. The exact number of people who have FXS is unknown, but it has been estimated that about 1.4 per 10,000 males and 0.9 per 10,000 females have FXS. 1
Signs that a child might have FXS include:
Developmental delays (not sitting, walking, or talking at the same time as other children the same age);
Learning disabilities (trouble learning new skills); and
Social and behavior problems (such as not making eye contact, anxiety, trouble paying attention, hand flapping, acting and speaking without thinking, and being very active).
Males who have FXS usually have some degree of intellectual disability that can range from mild to severe. Females with FXS can have normal intelligence or some degree of intellectual disability. Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) also occur more frequently in people with FXS.
To learn more about the Ruddy Duck, please visit http://www.ruddyduckbrewery.com/
To learn more about United Way of Calvert County please visit: https://www.unitedwaycalvert.org/
To learn more about Fragile X Foundation please visit: https://fragilex.org/
Great time was had by all! Please check out the photo gallery below.
Margit Miller / Calvert Beacon