By Arwyn Rice
Peninsula Daily News
Want more top stories? Sign up here for daily or weekly newsletters with our top news.
Rena Keith, Sequim — Wilder Toyota vehicle, a 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck or a Toyota Corolla, worth $17,804.40
Joe Watkins, Sequim —$1,000 cash from 7 Cedars Casino
Pam Bush, Sequim — $500 cash from 7 Cedars Casino
Kathy McNabb, Port Angeles— 2014 Washington State Fair package
Richard Kohler, Port Angeles — $100 gift certificate to Washburn's General Store in Neah Bay.
Debbie Rutherford, Port Angeles — Royal Scot Hotel, Victoria, and tickets for two on the MV Coho
Rose Symonds, Port Angeles, $100, Forks Outfitters
Kelly Trudeau, Port Angeles — Five cases of Bedford's Sodas
John Dahl, Yelm —$100 gift certificate at Woodfire Grill
Sara Gagnon, Port Angeles — $100 gift certificate at Necessities and Temptations
Phil and Linda Walker, of Port Angeles — $100 gift certificate to Bella Italia
William Henkes, Port Angeles — $100 gift certificate to Double Eagle State and Seafood or Stymie's Bar and Grill.
Beal Carpet and Drapery, Sequim — $152 gift certificate for a year of car lube from Ruddell Auto Mall
Jack and Janet Gray, Port Angeles — $100 gift certificate to Albertsons
David Rich, Port Townsend – $100 gift certificate to Safeway
Anne Volk, Port Angeles — $100 gift certificate to Doodlebugs
Pam Wilder, Seattle — $100 gift certificate to Gross's Nursery and Florist
Ed Ebling, Sequim —$100 gift certificate to Swain's General Store
Susan Callbreath, unlisted — $100 gift certificate to NAPA Auto Parts
Lucy Honnold, Port Angeles – $50 gift certificate to Applebee's
Braun Northwest, Chehalis — $100 gas card, Bob's Chevron
Alison Agness, Seattle — $100 gas card, Lovell's Roadrunner 76
Kathy Roman Rocket Transportation, Port Angeles — $100 in select Monet Jewelry from JC Penney
Harry Thompson, Port Angeles — $100 pedicure, manicure and 5 tan sessions from Laurie Rinehart
Mobuilt RV, Port Angeles — $250 25th Duck Derby anniversary prize
Evergreen Collision, Sequim — Wash and wax for a year from First Race Car Wash
Jerry Allen, Sequim — Craftsman Drill Combo
MB Rentals LLC, Vancouver — One night stay at Quillayute River Resort
Patricia Nicpon, Port Angeles — $50 gift certificate to Dynasty Chinese Restaurant
Arthur Green, unlisted —$50 gift certificate to Mariner Cafe
Vicky Devine, unlisted — $50 gift certificate to Angeles Millwork and Lumber
Vicki Foszcz, Port Angeles — $50 gift certificate to Hartnagel Building Supply
Jim McEntire, Sequim — $50 gift certificate to Chestnut Cottage
Rebecca Corely, unlisted — $50 gift certificate to The Home Depot
Sherry Zindel, Port Angeles —$50 gift certificate to Next Door Gastropub
Ronn Dilling, Sequim —$50 gift certificate to The Oak Table
Roger Heroux, Carlsborg —$50 gift certificate to Chestnut Cottage
Alywwn Carlson, Sequim —$50 gift certificate to The Oak Table
Maxine Hopf, Port Angeles —$50 gift certificate to Fiesta Jalisco
Ryane and Tanya Rutherford —$50 gift certificate to The Bushwacker
Larry Hurd, Port Angeles — Admission for four to Olympic Game Farm
Julie Hatch, Port Angeles —$50 gift certificate to C'est si Bon restaurant
Precision Truss, Port Angeles —$50 gift certificate to 3 Rivers Resort
Iris Sutcliffe, Port Angeles —$50 gift certificate to Applebee's or Black Bear Cafe
Craig Miller, Port Angeles —$100 cash from 7 Cedars Casino
Peninsula Daily News
Rena Keith's fortunes followed the single duck toy she had purchased into the chute Sunday at the 25th Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby at Lincoln Park pond.
Keith will get her choice of a 2014 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck or a Toyota Corolla sedan provided by Wilder Toyota, with an estimated value of $17, 804.
Keith was not at the duck race, and when Bruce Skinner, Olympic Medical Center Foundation executive director, called to inform her she had won the grand prize, she did not answer her phone.
But in an interview with the Peninsula Daily News on Sunday afternoon, Keith said she was elsewhere in Port Angeles during the derby and soon began getting phone calls from friends and from her son in Idaho after her duck won.
“I kept thinking it was a joke,” she said.
She said she purchased the ticket Thursday primarily as a donation to the causes the duck race supports and had no expectations.
“When I bought the ticket I said, 'Lets turn it over to see the prizes I won't win,'” Keith said.
Keith said she hadn't yet thought about which vehicle she might choose.
Hundreds of people turned out at the park under sunny blue skies and temperatures in the mid-60s to watch the 25,946 ducks get dumped into the water.
“It's like a duck tsunami,” said Tom Wherle, 55, of Lake Crescent, as he watched the ducks tumble out of the dump truck and cross the pond in a giant mass of yellow.
The action of the Duck Derby race is made possible by a nudge courtesy of the Port Angeles Fire Department.
Firefighters wielded two fire hoses to push the ducks from their starting point toward the finish line on the other side of the pond, and when the powerful streams of water kicked several dozen ducks into the air to jump from the back of the flock to the front, the crowd cheered the bid for the lead from the “underducks.”
Other top prizes awarded were won by Joe Watkins of Sequim, who took the second prize of $1,000 donated by 7 Cedars Casino in Blyn; and Pam Busch of Sequim, who won the third prize of $500 in cash donated by the casino.
Kathy McNabb of Port Angeles took the fourth-place prize, a 2014 Washington State Fair package donated by the Olympic Medical Center Foundation.
It was the third year the derby was held at Lincoln Park instead of Nippon Paper Industries USA's canal.
The event also featured a children's activity tent with carnival games and duck-themed miniature golf.
The main race was preceded by the Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck Race, which featured special VID ducks mostly purchased by businesses for $250 and $500 each and emblazoned with their logos.
VID winners were Big Sur of Carmel, Calif., $500 first place; Zenovic and Associates of Port Angeles, $250 second place; and Eagle Home Mortgage of Port Angeles, $100 third place.
Skinner said more than $2 million has been raised through the Duck Derby in its 24-year history.
“In its 24 years, there has never been a repeat winner,” said Scooter Chapman of KONP radio, announcer for the event.
The funds are distributed to area charities, including the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, the Sequim Radiation Oncology Center, the Forks Soroptimists, the Lions Club, Kiwanis, the Sequim Boys & Girls Club and Sequim Rotary projects.
Reporter Arwyn Rice can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5070, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.