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  • QUICK QUACKERS

    Rubber ducky race nets $17,600

    Money benefits the Aquatics Foundation of Southern Oregon
  • The second annual Great Rubber Ducky Race to benefit the Aquatics Foundation of Southern Oregon was held in Lithia Park on Saturday.
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  • The second annual Great Rubber Ducky Race to benefit the Aquatics Foundation of Southern Oregon was held in Lithia Park on Saturday. Crowds of eager spectators lined up along Ashland Creek, the wading pool and bridges, each wondering which of the quackers would bring in the smackers.
    The first-place ducky was worth $1,200 in cash, courtesy of American Leak Detection in Talent. The start was briefly delayed as volunteers sold last-minute adoption tickets to those who wanted to get in on the action. The money paid to adopt each duck went toward the Aquatics Foundation.
    After a slight air horn malfunction, the ducks were released from two large barrels to the roaring crowd: The race was on, albeit a little more slowly than last year.
    "Due to the water level, the race was definitely slower this year," said Event Coordinator Jana Carole. "Last year's race lasted between 10 to 12 minutes, while this year's was considerably longer."
    Saturday's race netted the AFSO approximately $17,600 dollars for the maintenance of the SOU pool, $2,600 more than last year. Despite the current economic situation, 1,750 out of a possible 3,000 ducks were adopted.
    "I think things went very well, considering the times," Carole said. "But we're always hoping for more. Through thick and thin, the community always supports us, so I consider us lucky.
    Race goers were varied in their reactions, a first time for some and a family affair for others.
    Ashland resident Rebecca Warren was a little overwhelmed by the spectacle, which produced shouts from the crowd each time a duck surmounted an obstacle.
    "There's so much excitement in the air," Warren said. "I really got caught up in it."
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