May 19, 2013
Hundreds of rubber ducks in the Amigos de Cristo Lutheran Church Duck Race are herded Saturday by volunteers equipped with paddles, from bottom, Jose Alicea, Dalton Shepard, Bryce Chalfant and Adrian Sotella, The boys are directing the ducks to an area shaped by floating noodles to resemble a funnel, top of picture, where the bobbing flock will be squeezed into a single line. The first 30 ducks pulled out are winners of the first of three heats. Ninety ducks will compete in a final race and the first 30 will win their “adopters” a prize, said Nicole Gadt, an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer and organizer of the fundraising event. The ducks were adopted for $5 apiece or $25 for a flock of six by visitors to the event. Each duck was marked with an identifying number. The top prize is a hot air balloon ride for two donated by RE/MAX of Sedalia.