Rubber duckies swarm Lady Bird Lake, raising funds for Boys & Girls Clubs

Rubber ducks cascade down from the Ann Richards Bridge into Lady Bird Lake for the 4th Annual Austin Duck Derby on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (KXAN/Kyle Kovilaritch)
Rubber ducks cascade down from the Ann Richards Bridge into Lady Bird Lake for the 4th Annual Austin Duck Derby on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017. (KXAN/Kyle Kovilaritch)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Saturday morning, hundreds of people gathered at Lady Bird Lake to cheer on 17,000 rubber ducks as they raced from the Ann Richards Bridge for the 4th Annual Austin Duck Derby.

Participants adopted each rubber duck for $5, and the ducks raced to win prizes for them. The grand prize was a car. All proceeds go to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin area.

The ducks cascaded off the bridge in a giant yellow waterfall. Little brother and sister Colin and Emma Seydam said that was a highlight. “I really liked when they dumped them in. Yeah, same! Like right as they were dumping them in,” the two agreed.

The Boys & Girls Clubs said it appreciates seeing how popular the annual event has become.

“Just to see year-after-year growth — the attendance,” said Erica Taft Owens from the Boys & Girls Clubs. “There are so many people out to support the Boys & Girls Clubs, and it is so exciting.”

The duck race was part of a bigger festival with children’s activities, music, food and entertainment. Event planners said they hoped the event would raise $190,000 to benefit children and young adults. KXAN is a sponsor.

The event closed Congress Avenue from Cesar Chavez Street to Barton Springs Road 11 a.m. to noon.

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