Michele Brackin, executive director of the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Georgia, gets into the swim of things at the Great 515 Duck Derby, held at the Gilmer County Civic Center pool instead of the Cartecay and Coosawattee rivers due to Saturday’s inclement weather. Brackin is throwing some of the 5,000 participants, who got outside the boundary lines, back into the running for prizes.
Hundreds of the 5,000 ducks in the Great 515 Duck Derby spill out of the chutes at the Gilmer County Civic Center swimming pool. Volunteers toted in 30 crates of the rubber duckies when Boys and Girls Clubs officials felt it was too risky to get into the river on a rainy Saturday. Stan Herdman (yellow slicker) of the Gilmer Advisory Board coordinates the launch.
A total of 5,000 ducks were purchased for the Great 515 Duck Derby held last Saturday for the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Georgia fundraiser. They had to be hauled in by volunteers in 30 crates. Several dozen people braved incessant rain and dropping temperatures to get the event completed.
Lt. Aaron Freeman of the Ellijay Fire Department gives some of the thousands of ducks at the Great 515 Duck Derby some impetus to get to the other end of the pool Saturday where the top 14 would win prizes for their buyers. Top prize was $2,500.