More than 1,000 rubber duckies will be entered into Andres Brook at, but only one will emerge victorious when the holds its third annual Rubber Ducky Derby Day on April 30.
The event , which will take place during the Health Kids Day, gives people the opportunity to “adopt” rubber ducks to race down Andres Brook. There are five heats with as many as 300 ducks per heat.The winner of each heat will then square off for a final race, with the grand prize winner receiving a $1,000 American Express gift card.
The will standby to provide water powered assistance to any ducks straggling along.
The Rotary held a kick-off event for the derby at the on Wednesday.
“It’s grown over the years,” said Maragaret Black, president of the Rotary. “The entire community really comes together and it gives them a chance to enjoy a day in the park.”
In addition to the races, the day will feature food, entertainment, live music and booths from participating organizations.
Black said the derby and the Wine & Jazz Evening are the Rotary’s two largest fundraisers. Each year, the Rotary raises about $30,000 a year to support scholarships and organization like the , , YMCA and the.
“We’d like to raise at least $15,000 from the derby, but we’d love to hit the $18,000 mark,” Black said.
The idea for the event developed because the Rotary was having a hard time raising money for the all of programs that it supports, according to Black.
Mimi Godwin, a member of the Rotary, saw a duck derby while she was visiting someone in Massachusetts and thought it would be a good event to bring to Tarrytown.
“I presented it as an idea to the Rotary Club, but it took me two years to convince them that I wasn’t crazy,” Godwin said. Although the state of the economy has made it hard for nonprofit groups to to raise money, Black said the event has fared well.
, , , the Marriott, and have all returned to sponsor the event this year. The derby also added accounting and consulting firm as a new sponsor this year.
“The community has been very supportive of us,” Black said.
Applications to adopt a rubber duck to race at Andres Brook are available here. It costs $10 to adopt one duck, $50 to adopt six ducks and $100 to adopt 13. Go to the Rotary's Web site for more information.