Fayetteville hosts its Duck Derby day

May 7, 2013 by  

The Duck Derby was held last Saturday, May 4, in Fayetteville, and its total raised to date stands at over $10,000.

The Derby is an annual event and acts as a fundraiser for more than 30 non-profit organizations in the area at the Person Street Bridge over the Cape Fear River at Campbellton Landing. No doubt flyer printing and poster printing were used to attract people to the event so as to raise as much money as possible.

Ducks were available for adoption at $5 each and the purchaser could choose the organization to which the proceeds went. Some of the participating non-profit organizations were the American Red Cross, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Dance Theatre of Fayetteville, Cape Fear Heroes, Hope for our Homeless, Great Oak Youth Development Center, Special Olympics, Fayetteville Family Justice Center, and Cumberland County Communicare.

The event began at noon, with a corporate duck race at 2:45 pm and the regular duck race at 4:00 pm. The winner of the latter race, who this year was Charles Coates, was awarded a new Toyota as the grand prize. Prizes were also handed out for a top-five finish, and included TV sets and boat cruises.

In addition to the duck races, there were many other events and activities for the family. Entertainment was provided by the Shadows of Fire belly Dancers, 45 RPM, and 80s Unplugged, and there were exhibitions by the EE Smith High School Drumline. For the kids, there were exhibitions by the Spa Fitness, with one on Zumba and another on Piloxing.