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THEY'RE ALL QUACKS RUBBER DUCKS WILL RACE FOR CHARITY BENEFIT.

Byline: JIM SKEEN Staff Writer

PALMDALE -- Thousands of rubber ducks will hit the water at Palmdale's Dry Town Water Park this fall in a race to benefit the region's youth -- and perhaps give one lucky quacker-backer $1 million.

The Kiwanis Clubs of the Antelope Valley will host a rubber-duck race Sept. 23 with a goal of raising funds for youth-oriented organizations. The ducks, perhaps as many as 10,000, will race along the lazy river of the Dry Town Water Park, at Avenue S and 40th Street East.

The clubs will raise funds for the Palmdale Public Library Foundation and the Antelope Valley Boys & Girls Club and for other organizations that want to partner in the event.

The Kiwanis are inviting youth-oriented nonprofit groups to partner in the event, with each group keeping 40 percent of the net profits from the ducks they ``adopt out'' and for the race sponsorships they sell.

``All four Kiwanis groups got together to bring this event to the community,'' said Gary Rardon of Kiwanis West. ``The community is the winner in this.''

Ducks will be ``adopted'' for $5 each. Two packages will also be available -- a $20 ``Quack Pack,'' which will include four racing ducks and one souvenir duck, and a ``flock'' of 20 ducks for $100, which will include a glow-in-the-dark souvenir duck.

Race organizers are also selling race sponsorships ranging from $250 to $10,000, Rardon said.

Among the race highlights will be a chance to win $1 million. If the first-place duck has numbers matching a lucky number combination drawn on race day, the quacker's backer will receive $1 million, to be paid out over 20 years.

Race organizers are also working on a set of other prizes to be awarded on race day.

Duck ``adoption agencies'' will be set up at the Palmdale Library and the Palmdale Youth Library. There will also be a booth for adoptions at the city's weekly Thursday Night at the Square events at Poncitlan Square, 38315 Ninth Street East.

Event organizers hope other adoption agencies will sprout up as sponsors and organizations sign on.

``We're hoping to be all over the Antelope Valley with adoption agencies,'' said Jay Duke of the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club.

Event organizers are also planning a pancake breakfast to start the day's festivities and a three-mile ``walk and waddle'' for human racers.

james.skeen(at)dailynews

(661) 267-5743

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(color) Boys & Girls Club representative Jay Duke, Kiwanis West member Gary Rardon and Palmdale Public Library Foundation President Patricia Shaw watch rubber ducks float on the Dry Town Water Park's lazy river on Tuesday.

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