• Pictured is one of the “adoption booths” where Boys and Girls Club supporters can sign up for rubber ducks that will be entered in a race down the Coosawattee River Saturday, Oct. 28.
    Pictured is one of the “adoption booths” where Boys and Girls Club supporters can sign up for rubber ducks that will be entered in a race down the Coosawattee River Saturday, Oct. 28.

New Location Due To Weather Forecast --- 100% Rain & COLD!

‘Duck derby’ to help north Georgia Boys and Girls Clubs

Team North Georgia,

The weather forecast calls for us to make yet another change to our race location.  Our inaugural year has proven to have a lot of "lessons learned"...but that is OK!  The event will prove to be successful!

We came up with a back-up plan due to weather forecast --- 100% rain and too cold for our volunteers to spend time in the water.  In addition, with the elevated water levels and murky water (we won't be able to see our feet to ensure balance --- I would be the one to fall in a hole!), it is in our best interest to race the ducks in the Gilmer County community pool.  The pool is LARGE and will accommodate the 5,000 ducks racing to the finish line.  Launch time is still noon!

We are excited that race day is near...bummer it can't be in the river but hey, safety first!  Please share!


Adopting a rubber duck for an upcoming race down the Coosawattee River will help three area Boys and Girls Clubs continue to provide and expand their after-school programs.

The Great 515 Duck Derby will originate from Ellijay’s River Park and the local club in the Gilmer Civic Center Saturday, Oct. 28.

Proceeds from sales of numbers attached to the rubber ducks will benefit the Three Rivers Boys and Girls Club in Ellijay, as well as the organization’s Jasper and Blue Ridge chapters.

The rubber ducks can be adopted online at 515DuckDerby.org, by sending an entry form through the mail or at a business sponsoring the fundraiser.

Ellijay sponsors include United Community Bank, Huff’s Drug Store and ETC. A compete list can be found at the aforementioned web address.

Ducks can be adopted for $5 apiece up to six when a price break occurs (six for $25, 12 for $50, etc.). According to information provided by the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Georgia, an individual duck number purchase can provide “one month of healthy snacks” for a club member, while adopting 25 will fund a full month of sponsored club programs.

The goal is to send 5,000 of the yellow rubber racers down the river toward the finish line at the Ellijay American Legion. All ducks will be launched at noon on the 28th. As of Friday, 32,089 had already been adopted.

Each duck will be tagged with a randomly-assigned seven-digit ID number.

According to a press release provided by the organization, “Everyone who adopts a duck is entered into what we call E-Quack, a database that stores all the information. Next to your name is the number of ducks you adopted. The tag range is entered into E-Quack and all the numbers are shuffled up. Then, E-Quack automatically assigns the number of ducks you have adopted next to the tag numbers. If you adopted five ducks, your name will be placed next to five different tag numbers.”

The grand prize for the first-place winner with the fastest duck is $2,500 cash. A weekend vacation package is the second-place prize, while third place receives a 60-inch flat screen TV. Other prizes will be awarded, and entrants don’t have to be present on race day to win.

Gilmer’s Boys and Girls program was started 10 years ago with the objective of providing a safe and supervised place for children to go and have fun after school. Previously housed in a mobile classroom and now inside the Gilmer Civic Center, the chapter’s enrollment numbers have climbed during that decade. It’s not unusual for a waiting list to be maintained when enrollment maxes out.

Three Rivers club director Jan Day told the Times-Courier last March between 85 and 90 children from first grade to high school age participate in the local program each weekday.

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