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Ducks are ready to race on Lanier

Saturday event on Lake Lanier offers big prizes, raises funds for Boys and Girls Clubs

POSTED: May 4, 2011 2:37 p.m.
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The annual Rubber Duck Derby is scheduled for May 7 at Clarks Bridge Park on Lake Lanier.

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The 13th annual Rubber Duck Derby to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County is scheduled for Saturday at Clark's Bridge Park on Lake Lanier.

This year's grand prize is a 2011 Toyota Camry from Milton Martin Toyota. Total prizes valued at more than $28,000 are up for grabs at this year's race

The Duck Derby will feature 17,000 rubber ducks cast into Lake Lanier, racing toward the finish line to win great prizes for their adoptive parents.

Participants can "adopt" an official Derby Duck with a $5 donation by calling the Duck Line at 770-656-2527 or by visiting www.rubberduckderby.com. Last year, nearly 2,000 people watched 17,000 ducks race for Hall County's kids.

"For more than a decade, the Duck Derby has been a major fundraiser to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County to provide service to our kids," said Larry Baldwin, board member for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County and this year's "Head Duck."

"The clubs have been serving children in this area for 57 years with the generous help of donations and volunteers. We encourage folks to adopt a duck to help the kids and have a great summer day at the lake. Every dollar raised goes to support the life-changing programs and services provided for young people that other youth agencies fail to reach."

This year's event has been expanded with the fun-filled family Duck Fest beginning at 10 a.m. The V.I.D. (Very Important Duck) Corporate Race is set for 1:30 p.m. with the Rubber Duck Derby Race starting at 3 p.m. The V.I.D. Race will pit corporate level sponsors against each other.

The festival includes vendors, live entertainment, festival, health screenings, "kids nest," concessions including chicken-que and rowing and kayaking exhibitions.

Last year's Duck Derby raised almost $100,000 to assist the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County serve more than 360 members daily, ages 6 to 18. Its work is supported by more than 23 full- and part-time staff, plus a volunteer force of more than 100 community leaders and private citizens.

For more information on the Club, call 770-532-8102.



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