CASA still far from Duck Derby goal

“Rubber Duckie, you’re the one. You make bathtime lots of fun. Rubber Duckie, I’m awfully fond of you. Woo woo be doo. Rubber Duckie, joy of joys. When I squeeze you, you make noise! Rubber Duckie, you’re my very best friend. It’s true!” — Jeff Moss’ “Rubber Duckie,” as sung by Ernie, from “Sesame Street.”

The Clayton County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) group is less than a week away from its 13th annual Darlin’ Duck Derby fund-raiser. Officials with the group say they still have a long way to go, however, before they reach their goal of selling all 4,000 ducks available for the event.

CASA Director Gerald Bostock would not specify exactly how many rubber ducks have been sold for the derby, so far. But, he told volunteers gathered Sunday to check out the ducks, at Heritage Cadillac-SAAB-Mitsubishi, in Morrow, that thousands of ducks have still not been sold.

“Let’s just say there are plenty of ducks still available for people to purchase,” Bostock later said. Bostock is also the child welfare services coordinator for Clayton County Juvenile Court.

The Darlin’ Duck Derby is scheduled to be held Saturday, from 10 a.m., to 6 p.m., on the grounds of the Historic Clayton County Courthouse, located at 121 South McDonough Street, in Jonesboro. The Clayton News Daily and Heritage Cadillac-SAAB-Mitsubishi are top-level, “Diamond Sponsors” for the event.

The derby raises money to support the programs offered by CASA, whose volunteers act as advocates for the interests of children during court proceedings. People buy a ticket for a rubber duck, which then races in the derby against all of the other ducks that are bought by others. The ducks will race at 4 p.m., and Bostock said people can buy a duck up to 30 minutes before the race.

The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line will win a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer, with the owners of the second-and third-place ducks receiving cash.

“Some lucky folks will walk away with some great prizes,” Bostock said. “In addition to the car and the cash, we’ve got about 15 or 20 other prizes that will be given away from area businesses that have made donations, [such as] gift certificates and those sorts of things. So, it’s a lot of good stuff, and right now, it’s really good odds — better than the Georgia Lottery!”

In additional to the racing of the ducks, the event will include live musical performances, food vendors and slides, games and a rock-climbing wall for children. “It’ll be a really good day for the community to be together and have some fun,” Bostock said.

Tickets for the derby cost $10 per duck, and applications for the tickets can be downloaded from www.ducksrcoming.com, or they can be picked up at the Clayton County Juvenile Court, which is located in the annex building at the historic courthouse.

Call (770) 477-3268, or (678) 610-1061, for more information about the tickets.


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