Hundreds Turn Out for West Des Moines Duck Derby

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WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Hundreds of people were on hand for the eighth annual “YESS Duck Derby” on Saturday.

At the event, just under 34,000 rubber ducks swam in the pond at the Jordan Creek Town Center.

A single duck required a $5 donation to Youth Emergency Services & Shelter (YESS), for six ducks it was $25, for 12 ducks it was $50, and for 25 ducks it was $100.

After accumulating the donations, the ducks were then dumped into the pond with thousands of others, and were pushed along with fire hoses. The first duck to reach the other side won.

The top prize was $10,000, 2nd place won $5,000 and a landscaping makeover from Ted Lare.

The funds raised at the Duck Derby directly benefit YESS, which is Iowa’s largest emergency youth shelter and crisis nursery. YESS provides safety and care to over 1,200 kids each year.

“They turn it into a good event for the kids so it’s a real highlight for us because this is all about supporting children,” said CEO of YESS Stephen Quirk. “So why not have it a special day for a lot of kid activities.

The event also included balloon sculptures, face painting, and food samples from Jordan Creek-area restaurants.

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