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Ducky Derby, Big Sweep both Saturday at Toisnot Lake

Friday, October 04, 2013

Toisnot Lake will host two environmental programs this Saturday, one hands-on and the other more pure fun.

First, the public is invited to join the N.C. Big Sweep, the statewide stream cleanup effort that takes place the first Saturday of October each year. Volunteers can meet at the lake at 9 a.m. for instructions and supplies.

Then the 2013 Wilson Duck Derby will be held, which is a fund-raising event for the Wilson C.A.R.E.S. (Community Awareness, Restoration, and Environmental Stewardship). The main event, the rubber ducky race, will begin at 2 p.m.

Beginning at noon. Toisnot Park will be host to vendors with drinks and snacks, kids games, educational booths, and a design-your-own-duck station by Arts Unlimited, which will donate $5 to the Wilson C.A.R.E.S. program for each ducky designed. For more information on the design-a-duck visit http://www.arts-unltd.com/.  

The race will begin at 2 p.m. Each entry into the race will be given a race number that is marked on the bottom of a rubber ducky.  When the race begins, hundreds of rubber duckies will be launched into the creek below Toisnot Lake and will begin racing downstream toward the finish line.  If the duck with your number on it crosses the finish line first you win, it’s that simple. Winners need not be present to claim their prizes.

The grand prize is an Apple Ipad with Retina Display 16GB; second prize is a Backyard Grill Dual Charcoal/Gas Grill; and third place is a Sceptre 19” LED HDTV.

Duck “Adoption” Rates are $5 donation for a single duck; $25 donation for a six quack (6 ducks); $50 donation for a cluck of ducks (13 ducks); or $100 donation for a flock of ducks (30 ducks).

To adopt one or more ducks contact Daryl Norris at 252-296-3305 or dnorris@wilsonnc.org

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The Wilson Duck Derby is sponsored by Green Engineering, PLLC and the proceeds go to participating non-profits and the Wilson C.A.R.E.S. program. Wilson C.A.R.E.S. is a city-county project that is designed to promote and encourage active participation from Wilson’s citizens, organizations, and businesses to protect the environment. This voluntary program acknowledges the implementation of programs that use education, pollution prevention, and innovative approaches to meet and go beyond regulatory requirements. Wilson C.A.R.E.S. seeks to reduce the impact on the environment beyond measures required by any permit or rule, producing a better environment, conserving natural resources and resulting in long-term economic benefits to Wilson.