Amid the quacking and duck jokes, the sixth annual Incredible Duck Splash helped local "duck buddy" organizations such as neighborhood Boys & Girls clubs, elementary, middle and high schools and community support services for families.
Heavy machinery loaded thousands of ducks into the temporary "Lake Glendale" for each heat of the day Saturday, manned by Kiwanis volunteers and the Glendale Fire Department.
Although the majority of the ducks were presold by the charities and Kiwanis members, close to 400 ducks were adopted by day-of attendees of the event at Verdugo Park.
The McGuiness family happened to be at the park with their son and daughter for a birthday party and decided to buy each child a duck for the races.
Three-year-old Colleen was bubbling with excitement before the second heat of ducks was released.
"I want to see the ducks!" she said while jumping up and down while her 1-year-old brother tried to climb into Lake Glendale.