Start quacking for the Duck Races

Children help corral the rubber quackers at the Murphys Duck Races.

Whether wading in Angels Creek to scoop ducks from the water or just enjoying a fun-filled afternoon in the park, just about everyone loves the Murphys Duck Races, part of Murphys Homecoming.

This year’s event takes place on July 15, beginning at 8 a.m. with the Firecracker Five at Murphys Community Park. The Duck Races attract children who revel in watching the yellow figures bob in the water.

At 1 p.m. the Duckling Race kicks off the “races.” Because it was tough for organizers to discern exactly which ducks crossed the finish line first, the event has subtly shifted to being a drawing to support the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation. Duckling ducks “rent” for $3 each, and the winner receives JoMa’s ice cream, Angels Theatre movie tickets and a gift certificate to Murphys Toy Store. The Quacker Race starts at 1:30 p.m. with tickets priced at $5 and winners taking home ice cream, movie tickets or a zip line adventure at Moaning Caverns.

The finale is the Golden Goose Race at 2 p.m., in which $10 tickets put contestants in the running for golf at Sequoia Woods, dining at the Murphys Hotel and a gift from Quyle Kilns.

After each “heat,” the children help collect the hundreds of rubber duckies that float merrily downstream.

To make the “races” fair for everyone, winners are randomly selected from among all ticket holders. Tickets are available at select times in front of Sierra Hills Market in Murphys or online at calaverasmentoringfoundation.org.

The Murphys Duck Races is a fundraiser for the foundation that raises awareness and funds for youth mentoring in Calaveras County, especially the Calaveras Youth Mentoring Program.

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