The annual Kiwanis Duck Splash begins at noon Saturday near Round Lake in Mill Race Park, following the Ethnic Expo parade.
All “adopted” ducks will be turned loose into Round Lake to compete for more than $12,000 in cash and prizes. One lucky duck will have 10 chances to win a new car or $50,000.
Remote control “Duckinator boats” will randomly select ducks to determine the winners, said Jeff Blasdel, Kiwanis adviser.
Free Duck Splash events will include:
- A bounce house
- Coupons for a Dilly Bar from the downtown Dairy Queen
- Walgreens health tests
- Indy Admirals Remote Control Boats
- Photo opportunities with “Star Wars” characters
- The Don Miller Magic Show, which will begin at 1 p.m. while the winners are being determined
Winners will be announced about 2 p.m., and entrants do not need to be present to win.
Ducks are available for adoption from any local Kiwanis member, at Midwest Computer Solutions and from any participating “Duck Buddy” youth organization listed online at kducks.com. One duck costs $5; other options are a Kwack Pack (five ducks) for $20, a Baker’s Dozen (13 ducks) for $50, a mini-flock (20 ducks) for $75 or a flock (30 ducks) for $100.
Ducks will be available for adoption at Mill Race Park from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the white Duck Central tent.
All proceeds benefit local youth organizations, which receive 80 percent of the funds they raise through duck adoptions. Any additional proceeds after expenses help support community service projects of the three Kiwanis Clubs of Columbus: Evening Kiwanis, Golden K Kiwanis and Meridian Kiwanis, Blasdel said.