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Duck Derby hits Olde Towne on Saturday

By Joel Hall

jhall@news-daily.com

Olde Towne Morrow will be alive with activity on Saturday with two free events for the community.

The 12th annual Darlin' Duck Derby, supporting the Clayton County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, will take place at Olde Towne Morrow this Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 2 p.m. Following the derby, from 6 to 9 p.m., local, classic rock band, "The Tie-Dyes," will perform a free concert as the finale of the 2010 Olde Towne Morrow Summer Concert Series.

According to Gerald Bostock, child welfare services coordinator for Clayton County Juvenile Court, and director of the CASA program, the Duck Derby has for years served as an entertaining way to raise money for CASA, which trains advocates to serve as the eyes and ears of the court during child deprivation cases.

While the event has traditionally taken place on the lawn of the Historic Clayton County Courthouse, Bostock said the move to Olde Towne Morrow has "created quite a buzz."

"It's been very positive," he said. "We don't have the topography issues that we have at the courthouse ... It's [Olde Towne Morrow is] a lot of flat land. Because of the new location, we were able to get new games.

"We have some great bounce houses, we have a huge slide, and a rock climbing wall for the first time," he continued. "The race course [for the Duck Derby] will actually be longer this year. Normally, it is about 200 feet when we do it on the courthouse grounds ... It will be roughly 250 to 300 feet this year."

In addition to free outdoor games, food vendors, and music, Duck Derby attendees will be able to purchase one of 4,000 rubber ducks, which will race to the end of a large water slide starting at 1 p.m. Owners of the fastest ducks will have the chance to win: $2,000 or $1,000 in cash; four suite tickets to an Atlanta Hawks or Atlanta Thrashers game; a tuxedo rental; a complimentary eye exam; Road to Tara Museum gift bags; rounds of golf at Summertree Golf Course in Calhoun, Ga.; and other prizes, according to organizers.

"They [attendees] realize and understand that it [the Duck Derby] supports a program that supports child abuse and neglect victims," Bostock said. "They can come out and have a good time, but know that they are supporting a very good cause."

Jessica Kilby, main street coordinator for the City of Morrow, said the city is excited to welcome the Duck Derby to Olde Towne Morrow. "They really reach out to the community and make a difference," she said. "We feel great that they would want to bring such a highly-thought-of event to Olde Towne Morrow. I think it's been a successful event in the past.

"Having the event here will, hopefully, bring people to Olde Towne [Morrow] and expose them to it," she said.

According to Kilby, '60s and '70s rock-and-roll band, "The Tie-Dyes," will perform a variety of covers from "the Beetles to the Allman Brothers."

Attendance at the Duck Derby is free, however, ducks for the derby can be purchased for $5 per duck, or $25 for a "six-quack." For more information, visit www.ducksrcoming.com.