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Duck race fundraiser has new race for businesses

By Jade Bulecza - bio | email

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) –A popular south Georgia charity fundraiser is offering something new this year.

The Wild Adventures lazy river will be filled with 10,000 rubber ducks Saturday morning.

You can adopt them to raise money for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

There's also a new race just for businesses.

Second Harvest added a new component to its South Georgia Duck Race fundraiser. They'll have a corporate race followed by the annual Derby Duck Race.

"It's comprised of bigger ducks that these companies have sponsored and they keep them," said Tamela Myers. "They're battery-operated ducks and they get to decorate them."

The price to adopt a corporate duck is $1,000 which the food bank says buys more than 5,200 pounds of food. Myers says they have six corporate ducks adopted so far.

"We have a cleaning company that's doing it Quacky McClean," said Myers. "We have a financial company. Their duck is named Ira, I-R-A."

This is the food bank's duck they named Omo. Omo won't be racing but the food bank named it after their Chief Operating Officer Will Omo Robinson.

"The winner will receive a large corporate cup with a giant duck on the top of it that they'll keep in their business for the whole year," said Frank Richards, Second Harvest of South Georgia President.

The corporate race begins at 11 followed by the Derby Duck Race where 10,000 ducks will be dumped into the Paradise River at Wild Adventures.

"They will race around for their pace lap and we'll catch them all and they'll be turned loose again and at that point they will race for prizes," said Richards.

The money just from one duck will feed a child at the Kids Café for one week.

Wild Adventures will make a donation for each person who buys a ticket for the day or season pass the morning of the event.

Click here to learn how to adopt a duck.


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