Duck Races Net Cash for Winners

Kiwanian Richard Wright and young assistants grab the first duck to cross the finish line. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Kiwanian Richard Wright and young assistants grab the first duck to cross the finish line. (Photo by Pat Blair)

The first duck was pulled out of the creek as it meanders through Kendrick Park shortly after 1 p.m. Friday.

After that, the little rubber critters came quickly in this year's Duck Races sponsored by the Sheridan Kiwanis Club. Kiwanian Chuck Simon said he started the pancake breakfast in 1975, and the duck races probably came along sometime around 1978.

Simon said where the ducks go into the water can vary from year to year, depending on the water levels.

He said about 100 ducks got away that year. Simon said the level of water in the creek this year is just right.

He estimated probably over 1,000 duck race tickets were sold this year. The first three winning ducks earn cash for the people who bought them, and other prizes are also awarded. Simon said the person who bought the duck that comes in last gets a free duck in next year's races.

He said the Kiwanis is sharing proceeds from this year's duck races with the PEO. HE said the Kiwanis will use its share of the funds to support children in the community, including the Boy and Girl Scouts and programs such as Stars of Tomorrow.

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More ducks come down the creek. (Photo by Pat Blair)
More ducks come down the creek. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Nets fill up as more ducks arrive. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Nets fill up as more ducks arrive. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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