Ducky Derby tix — five bucks per duck

Duckies such as these will be used when Exchange Club of Walla Walla and Community Bank host the Ducky Derby on May 20.

Exchange Club of Walla Walla’s and Community Bank’s 20th annual Ducky Derby will take to Mill Creek on May 20.

Thousands of hip little yellow plastic duckies sporting dark sunglasses will race along when they’re dumped into the creek at 2 p.m. The derby occurs during the free Columbia REA Family Fun Festival, which runs from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Proceeds go toward child abuse prevention and support programs that benefit youths in the Walla Walla Valley, according to a release from Exchange Club.

Community members can “adopt” the ducks leading up to the event. One duck is five bucks or five ducks for $20. Duck adoptions are available through Exchange members, at community events and at Community Bank branches, McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla, Safeway stores, Albertson’s, Falkenberg’s Jewelers, Super 1 Foods and Zip Zone.

More than $25,000 in guaranteed prizes will be awarded to those holding adoption papers of ducks in the order the ducks cross the finish line.

Top prize is a 2017 Toyota Corolla from McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla and Exchange Club or $12,500 in cash.

Organizers added the chance for someone to win a mega prize of $1 million. For every 3,000 ducks adopted, one number will be preselected to be part of the mega prize pool. If the first duck across the finish line matches one of the numbers in the mega prize pool, that person will win the new car and the $1,000,000, awarded over 40 years.

During the Family Fun Festival, there will be kids’ activities, free soda and popcorn and 25-cent hot dogs. Parking is by the Dietrich Activity Center on the Walla Walla Community College campus, 800 Tausick Way.

Formed in 1949, Exchange Club is a nonprofit branch of Exchange, America’s Service Club, a larger, national organization, whose mission is to make communities better places to live through programs of service in Americanism, community service, youth activities and its national project, the prevention of child abuse.

For more information about joining the Walla Walla club, or to view Ducky Derby’s official rules and regulations, see

Prizes also include a $1,115 one-year YMCA family membership; $1,100 Victoria, British Columbia, getaway, World Wide Travel; $1,060 2017 season package, Walla Walla Sweets Baseball; $1,040 DeWalt tool chest combo, Home Depot; $1,000 catering event, Olive Marketplace & Café; $1,000 in gasoline, Zip Zone; $1,000 portrait or restoration, Walla Walla Portrait Design; $799 Honda EU1000i generator, Papé Machinery; $655 diamond cluster pendant, Falkenberg’s Jewelers; $600 chef’s table dinner for eight, Courtyard Marriott Walla Walla; $600 scenic flight for two, Walla Walla University Aviation Department; $590 golf, lodging and dining, Wildhorse Resort & Casino; $539 Trek 8.2 DS 15.5-inch frame bike, Bicycle Barn; $500 in-store credit, Hot Poop; $500 gift certificate, Les Schwab Tire Centers, Walla Walla, College Place, Milton-Freewater; $500 25-ounce Monarch silver bar, Community Bank; $250 gift card and $250 sunglasses, Wenzel Nursery & Valley Vision.

It takes a village to hold such an ambitious event. The Ducky Derby’s diamond sponsors include McCurley Integrity Toyota of Walla Walla, Spectrum Reach, Columbia REA, Walla Walla Union-Bulletin, Capps Broadcast Group / HOT FM 107.7, World Wide Travel, Walla Walla Sweets Baseball, Andy’s Market, Walla Walla YMCA, Home Depot, Dairy Queen, Isaacs & Associates, Olive Marketplace and Café, Ninth Street Zip Zone, Inland Cellular, Northwest Collision & Automotive, Baskin-Robbins, Walla Walla Portrait Design, KUJ, Alexandra Communications, Reiff Manufacturing, Inc., Albertson’s and Super 1 Foods.

Gold sponsors are Papé Machinery, Walla Walla Chiropractic, Inland Saxum Printing, Falkenberg’s Jewelers, Courtyard Marriott Walla Walla, Walla Walla University Aviation Department, Wildhorse Resort & Casino, Bicycle Barn, Anderson Perry & Associates, Scott Adams, CPA, Cascade Natural Gas, Hot Poop, Les Schwab, McDonald Zaring Insurance, Pepsi, Walla Walla Orthodontics, Walla Walla Transmission, Binder Signs and Oil Can Henry’s.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at or afternoons at 526-8313. 

Annie joined the U-B news staff in 1979 and since 1990 has written Etcetera, a daily community column. She was promoted to a copy editing post in 2007. She edits copy, designs and lays out pages, including the weekly arts and entertainment guide Marquee,

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