Ducks race to the finish line during the 28th Annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby in Port Angeles on Sunday. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Ducks race to the finish line during the 28th Annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby in Port Angeles on Sunday. (Jesse Major/Peninsula Daily News)

Kids’ event added to Duck Derby

PORT ANGELES — A kids’ “Duck Pluck” will be held in conjunction with the 29th annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby at Lincoln Park on Sunday.

Children younger than 18 can report to the Kids’ Pavilion between noon and 12:30 p.m. and purchase and decorate a duck for $5, which will be entered into the Duck Derby Duck Pluck presented by Olympic Kids Dental. Winners will receive trophies, while all entrants will be able to keep their artistic duck creation once the Duck Pluck is over.

Duck tickets are still on sale for the main Duck Derby, with racers again having the opportunity to win a 2018 Toyota Corolla provided by Wilder Toyota as the grand prize.

Fifty prizes are 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 and Sequim Rotary Club members, as well as countless volunteers who pitch in to raise money for worthwhile projects, according to a news release.

Ducks are on sale daily through Saturday at the Peninsula Daily News, all Safeway stores in Port Angeles and Sequim, Swain’s General Store, Lovell’s Chevron and 76 convenience stores, Jim’s Pharmacy, Wilder Toyota, KONP, Thomas Building Center, First Federal and several other locations.

The main race will be at 2 p.m. when all “adoptive parents” will have a chance to win prizes. It is operated under the rules of the Washington State Gambling Commission.

Each duck ticket costs $6. For $30, adopters receive an extra duck (six chances to win) in the race.

Just prior to the main race at 1:30 p.m., the Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck (V.I.D.) Race will be held.

This is an opportunity for businesses and individuals, including those from outside the North Olympic Peninsula who do business with local companies, to purchase special V.I.D. ducks emblazoned with their logo. They are priced at $300, $600 and $1,200 each.

The races are presented by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.

How it works

For each duck that’s adopted, the purchaser receives a ticket with a printed number that 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 50 ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes.

For more information, potential owner/racers can contact the Olympic Medical Center Foundation at 360-417-7144.

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