Duck Derby tickets on sale now

PORT ANGELES — Tickets are on sale for the 21st annual Great Olympic Peninsula Duck Derby, scheduled Sunday, May 23.

Participants have the opportunity to win the grand prize — either a new 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck or a Toyota Corolla, provided by Wilder Toyota.

Forty-two prizes worth more than $25,000 will be offered at this year’s race held in the Nippon Paper Industries Canal.

Proceeds benefit the Olympic Medical Center Foundation and the Sequim Rotary Club’s charitable projects.

Duck tickets are $5, and $25 buys six ducks in the race.

Tickets can be purchased from members of the OMC Foundation, Duck Derby volunteers, Sequim Rotary Club members, the Forks’ Soroptimist International of the Olympic Rainforest and at Peninsula Daily News offices (see addresses, Page A2).

In addition to the new vehicles, racers could win cash prizes sponsored by 7 Cedars Casino, gift certificates worth up to $500, as well as dozens of other prizes.

The Bub and Alice Olsen Very Important Duck (VID) Race will be held at 3 p.m. just before the main duck race.

This race 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 $250 each.

On race day, the Kids’ Pavilion, KONP’s live radio broadcast and refreshments will be available.

For each duck that’s adopted, the purchaser receives a ticket with a printed number, which corresponds to a number on the duck.

All of the numbered ducks are dumped into the Nippon Paper Industries canal on race day, and the “owners” of the first 42 ducks to cross the finish line will win great prizes.

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

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