Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Annual Duck Derby Rides Tide to Salty Success

Release Date:
August 19, 2013

SOUTH DARTMOUTH, MA—Jim Krynicki won the Grand Prize at the 10th-annual Allens Pond Duck Derby held August 17 at the Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary in Dartmouth. The popular “race” of rubber ducks along a tidal channel into the coastal pond  is a major fundraiser for the wildlife sanctuary and features a remarkable Grand Prize—dinner for two anywhere in the world, including airfare and two nights’ lodging.

Krynicki’s entry, “Sunny,” had to fight its way to the front of a record field—5,866 bright yellow, bobbing and bouncing toy ducks—to win the day. And, to add to the suspense, the South Dartmouth man had reportedly gone fishing on Derby Day and thus was not even on hand to savor the moment of victory. Krynicki eventually checked his voice mail, and learned the tasty news.

More than 50 additional prizes were awarded to Derby contestants, from recreational outings and gift certificates to free admissions and memberships to cultural and environmental organizations. Visit the Duck Derby web page for results and other information.

Sunday morning of the two-day celebration included the Ducky Dash 5K (results at http://www.coolrunning.com/) and the kids-friendly Totally Quackers Obstacle Course. The weekend culminated in the Duck Derby Festival, featuring activities and educational exhibits from Allens Pond and partner organizations, a barbecue and live band, and a silent auction and live plant auction.

Sanctuary Director Gina Purtell was thrilled by the turnout and the response, which resulted in the most successful Duck Derby event to date, she said.  “I am so happy and thankful for all of this wonderful support,” Purtell said.

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Mass Audubon is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.