Gateway duck derby tonight

Gateway School’s Parent-Teacher Organization will sponsor the seventh annual Duck Derby today in Gateway.

A parade will begin at 5 p.m. on Foy Road, followed by a blue duck race at 6 p.m. and a gold duck race at 6:30 p.m. The ducks are different colors simply to denote which ones are in the first heat and which ones are in the second heat.

Ducks were sold by PTO members for $5 apiece and are now sold out. Proceeds will benefit the Gateway PTO Scholarship Fund and help the school purchase classroom materials. Prizes for the winning ducks include offers from Gateway and Mesa County businesses and a cash prize of $250.

Other events during the derby include a cake walk and a Student Council-run burger booth.

Contestants can take their chance at making impressive sounds on the bugle during the bugling contest or try the Duck Poop Contest. That event involves allowing a real duck to walk around on squares purchased by attendees. If the duck relieves itself on a person’s square, the person who purchased the square wins a prize.

The kindergarten through 12th-grade school also will raise funds by running a concession stand Saturday at the Gateway Dynamite Shoot. Gateway Principal Yogi Cherp said the school annually raises $1,500 to $2,000 from the duck derby and the dynamite shoot.


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