‘Quack’ in action: Muscatine Y to hold annual Duck Derby

Margaret Hurlbert
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Margaret Hurlbert works as the Editor of Discover Muscatine Newspaper.

Muscatine Living

MUSCATINE, Iowa–At any given time, the Muscatine Community Y has programming for youth going on, such as their before and after school Kids’ Club, teen programing, and sports and other skill development groups for children of many different ages. To keep these programs going strong for kids and their families to continue taking advantage of this school year, the Y will once again make an appearance at Almost Friday Fest to hold their annual Duck Derby.

A fun fundraiser for Muscatine residents of all ages, the Duck Derby involves racing many, many classic rubber duckies down a 200 foot Slip n’ Slide to determine which duck will go the fastest. Anyone can enter ducks in the race by “adopting” them. The adoptive owner of the first, second and third place ducks, as well as the last place duck, will win fabulous prizes, including a family membership for the Y, a grill and fire pit bundle, and water balloon launcher sets.

Whether you feel lucky and want to take your chance on just one duck or would like to improve your odds by adopting many, the Y has a duck pack that will suit you. Lone ducks cost $5 to adopt, a Quack Pack of six ducks costs $25, a Derby Dozen of ducks costs $50, and Feathery Flock of 20 ducks costs $80. This year, the Y hopes to have members of the community adopt 1,000 ducks. Anyone wanting to get in on the races may adopt their ducks on the Y’s website or by calling them at 563-263-9996.

One of the most fun and “feathery” fundraisers of the year, all the money raised through the Duck Derby will go to the Y’s various youth programs. Muscatine Community Y Marketing and Development Director Nicole McCleary elaborated, “this fall, we will have 120 kids come to our YMCA after school for fun, snacks, homework help, and a safe, place to be; fundraisers like our Duck Derby help us keep fees low for working families and help us offer great enrichment activities for all these kids.” In addition to their Kids Club, the Y will also provide more than 80 hours a month of free teen programming as well as sports teams and skill development classes that will benefit about 600 kids this year.

No matter if you had rubber duckies in each of the Y’s past two Duck Derbies or will bet on your very first bird this year, McCleary welcomes everyone who wants to support the work of the Y to enter and come out to the Duck Derby: “This is a really unique event. It’s fun to watch, and of course it’s exciting to have a chance to win, but I really love that the last duck gets a prize, and it’s such a fun way to raise money for kids in our community!” beamed McCleary. “We do a bunch of really cool, great things at the YMCA, and this is one of those feel-good events that brings people together in the best way possible!”

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