PORT ANGELES — Ducks will be plucked from trucks on Sunday during the 34th annual Duck Derby organized by the Olympic Medical Center Foundation.
Once a race on a waterway, the derby has evolved into a selection of yellow ducks from Toyota pickup trucks.
Sunday’s main event will be at Pebble Beach Park, located at Front and Railroad streets in Port Angeles, at 1:30 p.m.
One lucky duck plucked from a truck will win its ticket holder a 2023 Toyota Corolla from Wilder Auto in Port Angeles. It will be one of 34 prizes awarded this year.
The gathering will begin at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, when the Edie Beck Kids Pavilion opens. There, children can participate in arts and crafts activities, have their faces painted and be entertained by the Happy Tymers Clown Group.
Just prior to the main event will be the Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck (VID) Pluck — an opportunity for businesses and individuals, including those from off the Olympic Peninsula who do business with local companies, to purchase special V.I.D. ducks emblazoned with their logo, for $350 each.
All plucks will be operated under the rules of the Washington State Gambling Commission.
Each duck ticket costs $7. For $35, adopters receive an extra duck (six chances to win). As of Thursday, about 24,000 had been sold, according to Bruce Skinner, OMC Foundation executive director, who added that many more tend to come in before the event.
Duck tickets will remain on sale until Sunday at both Safeway stores in Port Angeles, Safeway in Sequim, Swain’s General Store, Port Angeles and Sequim First Fed locations, Grocery Outlet in Port Angeles, Sound Community Bank Port Angeles and Sequim locations and Wilder Toyota.
Ducks also will be sold for a limited time on Sunday at Pebble Beach Park.
Proceeds from sales of duck tickets will benefit the OMC Foundation, which has given $10.8 million to, or on behalf of, OMC in the past 10 years.
The duck pluck is presented by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.
For more information, call the Olympic Medical Center Foundation at 360-417-7144.