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April 26, 2011 > Duck attack at Central Park

Duck attack at Central Park

By Jessica Noel Waymire
Photos By courtesy of Kiwanis Club of Fremont

Spring has finally arrived and with it comes spring wildlife. This month some unusual wildlife can be found floating on Lake Elizabeth. Though not often sighted in the wild, this animal has yet to make it onto the endangered species list. This strange creature, known as anaticula cumminosa, is the common yellow rubber ducky.
Thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Fremont and Tri-Cities League of Volunteers, you can adopt one of these duckies for the day when the Club hosts its 17th annual "Ducks for Bucks" race Saturday, April 30. Proceeds benefit local charities, schools, and non-profit organizations. Adoption fees are $5 per duck; those adopting groups of ducks receive a "six for the price of five" discount. Adoptions are open until 12 p.m. on the day of the race and there is no limit to the amount of ducks one can adopt. Cash, check, or credit will are accepted and donations can also be made.

Duck adoption includes the opportunity to win one of several fantastic prizes. The Great Grand Prize this year is the car of your choice, valued up to $30,000, from any of the Fremont Auto Mall dealers. The Grand Prize is $1,500 in cash. Subsequent prizes include a year's worth of massages at Tereo Chiropractic, a choice of floor covering from Signature Carpet One, a diamond pendant necklace from Chris's Jewelers, $500 cash, four all-day Park Hopper passes to Disneyland and Disney's California Adventure, and many other prizes. Adopting more ducks increases your odds of winning one of these great prizes!

The Fremont Fire Department will be present to assist the ducks in their journey across the lake. At race time, a truckload of bright yellow rubber ducks is dumped into the water at the boat ramp. Firefighters then turn on hoses to push them toward their destination, a trap across the lake. The first duck to arrive is the Great Grand Prize winner. It's quite a sight to see the lake inundated by a flock of rubber ducks!

In the 17 years since its inception, the Ducks for Bucks race has become an increasingly popular community event. So far, over 5,000 ducks have been adopted for Saturday's race, with an average of 8,000 to 10,000 adopted each year. Last year the event raised nearly $50,000; 80 percent goes to local charities and non-profit groups such as Bayside 4-H, Bridges Intervention Services, Tri-City Ecology Center and schools like Olivera Elementary.

In addition to being a wonderful way to support community charities, Ducks for Bucks is a great way to spend the day out as a family. Masonic Homes of California is sponsoring a free children's carnival with balloon animals, face painting, tattooing, and other activities. Vendors will be selling kettle corn, hot dogs, chips, and drinks. Weather permitting, a Japanese drumming performance by Wadaiko Newark will be held near the boat dock from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Local radio station 89.3 KOHL will be broadcasting the race live. The weather should be mild, so bring the family down to Central Park and watch anaticula cumminosa in action!

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Ducks for Bucks
Saturday, April 30
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Family Games 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Rubber Duck Race 1 p.m.
Lake Elizabeth Boat Ramp
40000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont
(510) 793-5683

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