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CASA expects good results from annual Duck Derby

Approximately 2,000 people converged on the lawn outside the Historic Clayton County Courthouse, in Jonesboro, on Saturday to see whether their little rubber ducks were all they were "quacked" up to be.

The Clayton County Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) group held its 13th annual Darlin' Duck Derby fund-raiser this past weekend at the courthouse. The group, whose volunteers act as advocates for the interests of children during court proceedings, holds the event every year to help collect money to cover its expenses. The event is highlighted by the racing of ducks purchased in advance by local residents.

CASA Director Gerald Bostock said the group did well in duck sales, with a little more than 2,000 ducks sold for the race. That was more than twice as many as the organization had sold, as of a week earlier, when officials from the group had said duck sales had been going slowly. Each duck was sold at a cost of $10.

"We did really well," Bostock said. "We had hoped to get up to at least 2,500 ducks sold, but this gets the bills paid."

Acworth resident Sandra Manning won a 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer as the owner the first-place duck in the derby, CASA officials announced during the event.

-- Curt Yeomans