Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby celebrates 25 years with June event

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Ducks go on sale for the 25th Annual Duck Derby presented by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe on Friday, May 9, with racers once again having the opportunity to win a 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck or a Toyota Corolla provided by Wilder Toyota.

Forty-five total prizes, worth more than $25,000 will be up for grabs this year, with proceeds benefiting the Olympic Medical Center Foundation and the Sequim Rotary Club’s charitable projects.

Duck tickets can be purchased from members of the OMC Foundation, many Olympic Medical Center employees, Sequim Rotary Club members and the Forks’ Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rainforest, as well as countless volunteers that pitch in to raise money for these worthwhile projects.

Ducks also will be on sale daily at the Peninsula Daily News office, both Safeway stores in Port Angeles, Swain’s General Store, Albertson’s, Lovell’s Chevron, Roadrunner 76, all First Federal locations on the Olympic Peninsula and Jim’s Pharmacy.

The race will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1, at Lincoln Park in Port Angeles, where all “adoptive parents” will have a chance to win prizes.

“The OMC Foundation has given $2.3 million to or on behalf of the hospital in the past eight years,” said race co-chairman Bob Lovell.

“We look forward to adding to that total, as this is one of the most successful fundraisers that we do.”

“The time, effort, labor and equipment that various groups put into the Duck Derby, to make this event successful year after year, shows how each of us contributes to make this area such a great place to live. So many individuals and organizations are tireless with their donations and work in this community to help make it what it is,” continued Lovell.

“It’s a pretty awesome sight to see more than 30,000 ducks race,” added co-chairman Rick Smith. “It’s not really about expecting to win, it’s just knowing that you’re donating to worthy causes that matters. Winning is secondary.”

Each duck ticket will cost $5. For $25, adopters receive an extra duck (six chances to win) in the race.

Just prior to the main race, at 2 p.m., The Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck (VID) Race will be held, which is an opportunity for businesses and individuals, including those from outside the peninsula who do business with local companies, to purchase special VID ducks emblazoned with their logo, for $250 and $500 each. On race day, the Kids’ Pavilion, KONP’s race updates and refreshments will add to the excitement.

How the Duck Derby works:

For each duck that’s adopted, the purchaser receives a ticket with a printed number, which corresponds to a number on the duck. All of the numbered ducks are dumped into the Lincoln Park Pond on race day and the “owners” of the first 42 ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes.

For more information, potential owner/racers can contact the Olympic Medical Center Foundation at 417-7144.


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