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What’s up duck?

On Sept. 6, Genoa will be home to hundreds of ducks – plastic ducks that is.

The Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce will host its 11th annual Great Genoa Duck Race and Family Fun Event at Citizens Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Launch time is noon.

About 2,000 little plastic ducks are available for adoption, but the actual number waddling in will depend on ticket sales. Participants in the duck race purchase ducks that have numbers printed on the bottom that match their ticket. Ducks cost $5 for two or a flock of 12 for $25. Business owners are encouraged to purchase a VIP flock for $100 for 50 and give them away to customers or clients.

The lucky duck that comes in first will win $500. Second prize is $250 and third prize $100. The person whose duck comes in last will be compensated for their embarrassment of adopting the “laziest” duck with $50.

Any duck that gets caught behind some rock or logjam will get help from our flock of human “duck-herders” who will be posted along the Kishwaukee River.

You will want to come out early. This year we have tons of fun things happening. There will be a jump house, face painting, caricatures, bag games, water balloon toss and music from our favorite DJ Jamie Frye. Our own Cogsley the Duck Mascot will be on hand to meet his young fans. This year we even added sponsorship opportunities. Thank you to our Golden Duck Sponsor, KishHealth System; Waddler Sponsor, Alan Browne Chevrolet; Paddler Sponsors, Northern Rehab, Heartland Bank and Genoa Smiles. More sponsorship opportunities are available.

Everyone is welcome to attend the launch and cheer your duck to victory. You won’t want to miss this fun family event.

Tickets for the Great Genoa Duck Race can be purchased through the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce office by calling 815-784-2212 or emailing

Tickets also are available at these participating chamber businesses: Genoa VFW, Café 72, Resource Bank, NB&T, Piggly Wiggly, 3 Roses Realty, Ace Hardware and Five Points Pub. (Look for the giant duck sign throughout the community.)

Call today, it’s sure to be a quacking good time! You could be a lucky duck!

• Cortney Strohacker is executive director of the Genoa Area Chamber of Commerce.

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