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Annual Duck Derby features new format

By Alan Hope
 
Organizers have ruffled up their feathers and created a new way to have fun for the 19th annual Rubber Duck Derby & Duck Fest. This year’s event will take place on Cinco de Mayo (May 5), which is a Friday. All previous derbies have been held on a Saturday. The event is a major fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County (see below for news about the organization).
 
The event will begin with the derby, which starts at 5:30 p.m. on the “boat house” side of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue. At the “race tower” side of the park there will be food trucks and live music, headlined by the Fly Betty Band. Tap It Gainesville Growlers will be on hand to serve craft beers and wine.
 
The admission to the duck race is free. There is a fee of $5 to enter the Duck Fest. You can adopt ducks both in advance by visiting www.rubberduckderby.com or at the event.  Lots of prizes will be awarded, with $10,000 cash going to the winning entry.
 
For more info visit the above website or call 770-532-8102.
 
New name for club
There’s a new name for the organization that serves youngsters in our community – one that has a familiar term for Lakeside on Lanier readers – The Boys and Girls Clubs of Lanier. 
 
“After receiving requests from surrounding counties, our organization has decided to position itself to meet the challenge of serving these young people by becoming the Boys & Girls Clubs of Lanier, said Chief Volunteer Officer Emily Hayes. “We will serve more, do more and continue to open doors to more great futures for youth in our region.”
 
The clubs have been serving Hall County for more than 63 years.

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