The Mesquite Chamber of Commerce held their third annual Ducky Derby on Saturday, March 26 at Hafen Pond. Over a hundred ducks took to the water on a cold and blustery day at the races. The cool temperatures kept the crowds away but didn’t faze the ducks one bit. They may have preferred to be in a warm tub but seemed quite at home in the chilly water.
Spectators stood along the sides of the pond to cheer their ducks on to victory and watch a humorous race. Kids squealed with laughter and delight as they watched the ducks bob and tumble in the water waiting to see who would swim to victory.
The waters churned and the ducks kept in a tight group right up to the end of the race when Nancy Hewett was finally able to catch the three winning ducks in a long poled net. Blake Syndergaard kept the crowd informed on the progress of the races by shouting out the play-by-plays as the ducks made their way around the pond.
The winners were announced and to everyone’s surprise it wasn’t Councilman Green’s duck winning as he had in the two previous years. Ann Everest’s duck instead took home the trophy and the cash for first place with Erin Mosher’s duck coming in a close second.
Third place winner of the Ducky Derby was Anne Hunt. Hunt wasn’t present to see her duck valiantly fight the rest of the flock to take up the third place spot but she didn’t have to be. She still gets the trophy, certificate and her cash.
Vendors were set up with giveaways and information on programs such as the American Lung Association, Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, Mystic Treasures and even some face painting for the kids done by volunteer Teri Nehrenz.
Many of the local businesses sponsored and decorated a duck to race for the bragging rights and claim the title of “Duck around Town.” Most of the decorated ducks swam the race on their sides due to clothing and decorations weighing them down. It was the naked duck that won the race and Smith’s Food and Drug gets bragging rights to the “Duck around Town.”
All and all it was a “ducky” day at the races and everybody who attended had a great time.