Saturday, April 21, 2018
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On your mark, get set— quack, quack, quack!

DUNEDIN — This year's Kentucky Derby may be past, but the Dunedin Historical Museum has a derby race planned for Saturday.

The race won't showcase thoroughbreds. But it may create more amusement and laughter.

"This is our first annual Dunedin Duck Derby, and we're hoping to it continues to grow into another Dunedin festival," said Lisa Bosley, the museum's administrative assistant. "This fundraiser is a family event, and we're hoping to bring out a lot of kids."

Funds raised at the event will support the museum's educational programs.

More than 600 plastic duckies are involved. Ducks will take off during high tide at 11:30 a.m. and bob down the raceway adjacent to the Weaver Park dock.

The top five finishes will win a cash prize.

Not able to attend to hang out until the race begins on Saturday? No problem. Winners do not need to be present to win the race. Just ducks.

Sponsorship certificates for ducks are available earlier. Stop and pick them up today or Saturday morning at the event's registration tent. Each certificate of sponsorship includes the duck's name and race number. Winners will be notified by mail or phone.

But racing is only one way to win big with a duck.

Another event will feature 200 special ducks. They will be available for $10 on Saturday and won't be part of the race.

"Those ducks are like raffle tickets and they all go into a small pool," said Bosley. "We'll draw from that pool for some of the larger prizes, like tickets to a Rays baseball game or a family four-pack to the Lowry Park Zoo."

Other prizes will be luncheons and dinners, a round of golf at the Dunedin Country Club, a family package to MOSI and a weekend getaway.

People can buy duck sponsorships in advance at the Historical Museum at 349 Main St., the Dunedin Public Library, Dunedin Chamber of Commerce and the Candy Bar on Broadway. Ducks cost $5 each or three for $12, and will be up for sponsorship at the event until race time.

Duck-themed games for children will also be a part of the family fun. The Dunedin Kiwanis Little Quakers Kids will offer Tic Tac Duck, Toss a Duck, Catch a Duck and other duck-themed games.

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