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Ducks swim canal for homeless and hungry

by jmaloni
Thu, Jul 8th 2010 07:00 pm
Community Missions and Canal Fest of the Tonawandas are partnering again this year to help the homeless and hungry through the 2010 annual Duck Race.

The yellow, pink and blue ducks will swim and race at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24, in the Erie Canal between Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.

There are 2,000 ducks up for adoption at $5 each. Buyers can purchase individual ducks or they can choose to purchase a Quack Pack for $25, in which they will receive six adopted duck racers or increase odds with a Quacker's Dozen of 13 ducks for $50. Duck adoptions are available online at www.communitymissions.org and in person at Canal Fest all week July 18 through the 24, at the tent with the yellow duck on the North Tonawanda side of the festival. Duck adoption will end at 2 p.m. on the day of the race.

Along with the duck adoptions, anyone up to 18 years of age can participate in the Duck Race Coloring Contest for $1. The winners will be announced the day of the race. There are prizes for the top three winning racer ducks and coloring contest winners.

The Duck Race proceeds benefit Crisis and Community Service Programs of Community Missions located at 1570 Buffalo Ave. Niagara Falls.

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