Frank Washburn, at left, and Gordon Brown are shown with some of the ducks that will part of the Monett Kiwanis Club's first annual duck race, which is being held in conjunction with Monett's Strawberry Festival. Washburn serves as the club's special events chair. Also involved in the race planning but not pictured are: Ron Stair, festival booth and registrations; Jon Suit, weekend volunteer scheduling; Eric Kean, who makes sure everyone is staying on task; and David Honeycutt, a specialist in duck pond logistics.
The Monett Kiwanis Club is preparing for its first annual duck race to take place on Saturday, June 2 at 6 p.m. during the Monett Strawberry Festival on Broadway.
Numbered plastic ducks will be sent floating to the finish line near the corner of Fifth and Broadway in Monett with the assistance of water sprayed by a fire truck. The race will offer multiple cash prizes of up to $500 for the winning ducks in the race.
Although a fun time is expected for those participating in and watching the race, ticket holders do not need to be present to win. Everyone is encouraged to come watch the fierce competition among the plastic molded toys.
All proceeds earned from the race will benefit local children's programs. Duck race tickets can be purchased from local Kiwanis Club members at the Strawberry Festival to be held in June.