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4th annual Dam Ducky Derby this Saturday

By Sandy Barnes

 Thousands of duckies will plunge over the dam at Evergreen Lake and begin floating down Bear Creek on Saturday.

A number of the chubby yellow fellows are still available for those who want to try their luck at winning a prize at the fourth annual Dam Ducky Derby sponsored by the Evergreen Downtown Business Association.

The family fun begins at 11 a.m. with carnival games, live music by Open Space, a bouncy house, face painting and refreshments in the downtown Evergreen parking lot.

There are plenty of prizes for derby winners, said Trish Wales, EDBA president and organizer of the event. The first-place winner will receive a $3,000 cash award; second place brings $1,500; and third place, $500. Other prizes will also be awarded in the form of gifts from local businesses.

The cost to enter the derby is $5 for one duck, $25 for a Six Quack, and $60 for a Quack Pack of 15. Participants also have the option of going “Totally Quackers” and buying on 25 ducks for $100.

Ducks can be purchased at the EDBA website at www.downtownevergreen.com until 4 p.m. Friday. People also can pay entry fees the day of the race at Seasonally Yours in downtown Evergreen or at the event booth at the parking lot.

Winners will emerge as the ducks bob their way across the finish line at Highland Haven. All of the ducks will have numbers that correspond to the names of participants for identification.

This year’s Dam Ducky Derby has a new twist, with 300 black ducks competing in the event, said Wales. The black-duck winner will receive a trip for four to Mexico. All of the black ducks have been purchased, but a flock of their yellow counterparts is waiting to be selected.

The popular Dam Ducky Derby T-shirts will be available for purchase at the event, and also will be offered as prizes, along with gift cards from downtown merchants.

A portion of proceeds from the event will be contributed to local children’s charities, including Camp Comfort sponsored by Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice, the Bootstraps scholarship program, the Evergreen Park and Recreation Special Needs Program, and the Jefferson County Public Library Evergreen summer reading program for youths.

 

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.