The remaining $2.50 is generally used for event overhead, which includes leasing the approximate 30,000 ducks — which are returned to the leasing company after the race — as well as computer software and other expenses involved with the event. However, this year, enough duck buddy sponsors signed up to so the entire amount will go to benefit children in the community, he said.
In addition to the actual duck races, which are run in segments, with finalists being swooped up in nets and re-run in a final race of the day, Saturday’s event included a variety of games for kids, entertainment, raffles, food and duck-related item sales, and informational booths by nonprofit groups.
Hunter Gill, 6, participated in several activities at last Saturday’s event, and went home with a variety of toys she’d won, including a ball and colorful slinky. “I had fun,” Hunter said, as she walked around the park with her grandmother, Pat Hetherington, of South Pasadena.