Duck races set for Saturday
Creek will be afloat with as many as 1,000 duckies July
27. It isnt a fluke migration, though, its the fifth
annual Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce
The derby, which began as a small fundraiser for the chamber, where supporters could buy and decorate their own ducks, turned into a major event last year, with 600 entries, according to chamber president Nick Jerns. He said as many as 100 people came out to the creek last year to watch the plastic ducks race 100 feet for the grand prize of seven night WorldMark getaway. This year, event coordinator Cheryl Ryan expects more.
Prizes are better this year, Ryan said. The WorldMark getaway to any of more than 40 resorts worldwide is still the grand prize, but the next 10 speedy ducks could garner packages valued between $85 and $430. Prizes include dining, recreational, pampering, whale-watching, and even coffee packages. New to the derby this year are raffle prizes. While duck-owners need not be present to win, the chamber has secured 20-30 prizes for racegoers.
Tickets are $5 each, and are available at Bank NorthWest, Birch Bay Business Park, Dock of the Bay, Kim's Coffee Cafe and at the race. Funds raised will go toward the recently approved five acre community park, the first for Birch Bay, according to Jerns. The race starts at 1 p.m.