By ROBERT PIERCE
• Daily Leader
Around 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, there will be water flowing through an area of Blue Bonnet Park, carrying with it a chance to win up to $10,000 in prize money.
The Liberal Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Duck Race Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Blue Bonnet Park. Chamber director Rozelle Webb this year’s event will feature many of the same activities of years past such as Liberal Parks and Rec’s garage sale, pony rides, bouncy booths and go carts.
“We have more businesses getting booths,” she said. “We still have room for more businesses to sign up to have a booth in the park. If they would like to do that, they can call us.”
Those wanting to sign up for a booth need to do so by Wednesday, and Webb said the Chamber’s giant duck will be out all week on North Kansas Avenue.
“We’re going to be selling duck tickets out there,” she said. “It’s across from the water park. You can’t miss it.”
Ducks are $10 apiece or a six quack for $50.
“They’re available at Southern Office Supply, First National Bank, the Chamber office, Collin’s Jewelers, Ayr Lanes, KSCB or from any Chamber board member or ambassador,” Webb said.
Webb said sales, which began in August, are going well, and up to 3,000 ducks will be making their way through the track at Blue Bonnet.
“The odds are good,” she said. “$10,000 is the total prize money – $6,000 for first, $2,000 for second, $1,000 for third, $500 for fourth, and the hard luck duck is $500.”
Webb said the garage sale begins at 8 a.m. Saturday, but most all other activities will start at 9 a.m. She said she has seen an increase in numbers for the duck race as well as other festivities throughout the years.
“More people come out to the park for the festivities, to the chili cook-off, and families come for the day,” she said. “We have a lot more activities now. We’ve got about the same as we had last year, but we have a lot more than we had previously. This year and last year had a lot more activities than previous years.”
And Webb said visitors to the festival need not go hungry.
“There will be food out there,” she said. “You can buy a tasting kit and vote for the chili that you like best. You can also buy hamburgers and hot dogs.”
City and county firefighters will have a water fight from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“It will be interesting to see who wins the trophy this year,” Webb said. “That’s always fun for those guys.”
The duck race itself starts at 2 p.m.
“Come out and enjoy the day,” Webb said. “We will be selling ducks during the duck festival up until 30 minutes before the race.”
For more information about the Duck Race Festival, call the Chamber at 624-3855.