Duckie duo: Y to host Duck Derby at Almost Friday Fest

MUSCATINE, Iowa–Aug. 26, ducks of a feather will flock together to support the Muscatine Community Y’s youth and teen programs. By teaming up with Almost Friday Fest, the Y hopes more people than ever will get involved with their second annual Duck Derby, a fun and fast-paced event.

In preparation for the Duck Derby, the Y will work with Muscatine Power and Water to set up three jumbo slip and slides end to end, with the sides mounded up to prevent the ducks from escaping. The evening of the race, they will then release 1,000 rubber ducks, each with a number on the bottom, at the start of the race track, and Muscatine Power and Water will start the water, propelling the ducks down the course. “It’s pretty fun just to watch,” remarked Character Development and Kids’ Club Director Amy Hessel. “Participants can line up at the sides and cheer on their ducks.” Because the ducks move so quickly, spectators cannot tell who will win until the very end of the race, heightening the excitement.

At the end of the run, Muscatine Community Y staff will catch all of the ducks and note the numbers of the first three ducks to finish the course as well as the final duck. The adopters of each of these ducks may choose from this year’s prizes, which include oversized yard games, a fire pit, and a free one year family membership to the Muscatine Community Y.

On top of providing a fun evening activity, all the money raised from the Duck Derby will go to support the Y’s youth and teen programs. Throughout the year, these programs help children and teens develop the practices they need to thrive as adults, including emotion management, empathy, personal development, relationship building, and responsibility, through engaging and enjoyable activities. Currently, the Y provides 30 hours of free teen programing each summer and 60 hours during the school year and also runs the kids club program, which serves about 160 kids in the summer and about 120 kids after school each day during the rest of the year.

If you would like to spend an evening at Almost Friday Fest, get in on the action at the Duck Derby, and support the Y’s work with kids and teens, you may adopt some derby ducks for yourself. A lone duck costs $5, but you may purchase larger numbers as well. A quack pack of six ducks costs $25, a derby dozen of 12 ducks costs $50, and the ultimate feathery flock of 20 ducks costs $80. The Y has ducks for sale on their website, in their lobby during open hours, and at Almost Friday Fest between 5 and 5:30 p.m., as long as they have not sold out before then.