PORT ANGELES — Today is the day for the 30th annual Great Olympic Duck Derby.
More than 30,000 yellow rubber ducks are expected to be dumped into the pond in Lincoln Park at 1900 W. Lauridsen Blvd., in Port Angeles at 2 p.m. today, said Bruce Skinner, executive director of the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, which hosts the race.
Each duck ticket costs $6. For $30, adopters receive an extra duck (six chances to win) in the race.
For each adopted duck, the buyer receives a ticket with a printed number, which corresponds to a number on the duck.
All of the numbered ducks will be dumped into the pond. The first 50 ducks to cross the finish line will earn prizes for their “adoptive parents.”
The top prize is a 2019 Toyota Corolla provided by Wilder Toyota.
Just before the main event will be the Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck (VID) Race. This 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 $300, $600 and $1,200 each.
A kids’ pavilion will open at noon, offering crafting activities, face painting and entertainment by the Happy Tymers Clown Group.
Duck tickets are are on sale at all Safeway stores in Port Angeles and Sequim, Swain’s General Store, Lovell’s Chevron and Shell convenience stores, Jim’s Pharmacy, Wilder Toyota, Thomas Building Center, First Federal and several other locations.
Proceeds will benefit the Olympic Medical Center Foundation, which has given more than $4.8 million to, or on behalf of, Olympic Medical Center (OMC) during the past 10 years.
The duck race is presented by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
For more information, see www.omhf.org or call 360-417-7144.