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Rotary Ducky Derby/YMCA Healthy Kids Day

Saturday April, 26, 2014, 11am- 3pm, Patriot's Park

$1,500 Awaits Winner Of Rotary Ducky Derby Grand Finale Race

         Splashing into Andre Brook in six race heats, hundreds of little rubber duckys will be competing for the $1,500 first prize awarded to the adopter of the winner in this year's Rotary of the Tarrytowns' Ducky Derby Grand Finale race. Some 2,000 duckys are expected to be entered into the Derby, Saturday, April 26, at Patriot's Park, according to the Rotary.

           Festivities begin in the Park at 11 a.m., and with the first of the race heats planned for 11:45 a.m.,   it marks the seventh year that the Rotary has scheduled its  Ducky Derby in collaboration with  the Family YMCA's Healthy Kids Day.         

           Each winner of a Derby heat will be a contender in the Grand Finale race scheduled for 2:30 p.m.  In addition to the $1,500 first prize, in the Grand Finale race, the second place Ducky will garner $250 for its adopter and the third place Ducky, $100. The pace of adoptions has been encouragingly brisk for the Rotary Club.

          Last year's Derby netted $15,000 which, in keeping with the Rotary's goals, went back into the community in the form of grants and scholarships.  Available Duckys remain up for adoption throughout the Derby, until 20 minutes before the last heat, scheduled for  2:15 p.m.  The Ducks are available for adoption through the Rotary of the Tarrytown's website and by phone, (914-631-0675), up to and including Wednesday, April 23rd. Any orders received online or by phone after that are assigned numbers at the event, where adoption certificates can be picked up.

           A single ducky is adoptable for $10. Chance of winning can be expanded with a "Six-Quack" costing  $50 and 13 racing duckys  in a "Tub of Ducks," goes for  $100. Ducky adoptions have been going very well according to the two Rotarians responsible for organizing the Derby, JoAnne Murray and Mimi Godwin. The sixth heat, and the early Derby heat at 11:45 a.m. was added to this Derby because of heavy Duck adoptions between the day's races last year, according to Murray. Each heat winner receives a breakfast certificate for two at the Sheraton Hotel. 

         Murray and Godwin are the costumed people-size duckys who have promoting the Derby at recent events around the villages, including the St. Patrick's Day Parade, and at a special happening at Main Street Sweets in Tarrytown which created a Derby ice cream flavor to celebrate the event. 

        Winners will be scooped up at the finish line by Tarrytowns District School Superintendent Dr. Christopher Clouet, a Rotarian, and Ben Cauthren.

        Tarrytown's Volunteer Fire Department will repeat its annual chore of setting up the creek to ensure a moving current, and Hope Hose Company will be spraying water to encourage the duckys to move out quickly from the starting line when they cascade into the stream.  Plaudits also come from the Rotarians and the Y for the Tarrytown Parks and Recreation Department and the village's Volunteer Ambulance for their participation in the event.


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Y" Healthy Kids Day Fills Patriots Park With Fun Activities

             Jampacked with activities ranging from games, rides, and sports to music, dancing and entertainment, the Family YMCA at Tarrytown's Healthy Kids Day is a fun event that is enticing for both children and adults.  Set for Saturday, April 26, and staged in collaboration with the Rotary Club's Ducky Derby at Patriot's Park, it will keep attendees occupied from its start at 11 a.m. to its conclusion at 3 p.m.

            Among the attractions available during the Day are rides for kids from Send in the Clowns, carnival games, police  dog demonstrations by the Sleepy Hollow K-9, and the Colgate Super Van.  Circus performers from the Westchester Circus Arts at the "Y" will be on hand and there will be rock wall climbing, punk rope, face painting, crafts, and live music from local Kids Bands. 

              Keeping the kiddies busy by age are attractions such as the "Cars, 5 in 1 Ride,"  a "7 Element Obstacle Course, and "Sesame Village" Learning Center. 

              Many of the events are free; however, for kiddies' rides, the purchase of a $10 "bracelet" is required and it is good for the entire day.  It may be bought at the park, or prior to Healthy Kids Day, at the Y's Early Learning Center at Tappan Hill.

              "Families in our community look forward to this event every April as a great day of fun and health for kids big and small, said Gerry Riera, the Y's CEO. He lauded the "generosity of event sponsors," and said the event has been "a vehicle for community based organizations to reach a new audience."  He called the collaboration with the Rotary Club, "a win-win for all."  

             Organization booths in the park, selected by the Y and Rotary will have information on health, pets, finances, food, life insurance, energy, and travel.  Among other representatives present will be those from Phelps Hospital, Warner Library, AYSO, SHHS Special Olympics, Cornell Cooperative Extension 4H club with animals, Adopt-a-Pet, The Junior League of Westchester, and the Girls Scouts of the Tarrytowns, Phillipsburg Manor, and the Fairview Fire District Safety Trailer will be on the scene.

             For the hungry, food will be available from Chutney Masala, Bella Roma Deli and Cafe, Melt Mobile and Tarrytown" Hope Hose and Conqueror Hook & Ladder Co. will be grilling beef and turkey burgers and hotdogs.

              "The day celebrates how health, fitness and safety can be fun and introduces children to special YMCA programs and activities to increase physical activity and encourage families to spend more time out of doors and at the Y, and interacting with one another," stated Barbara Turk, the Y's Vice President, Marketing and Community Development.


Schedule of Events

11:00 am Zack Krall/Eamon Pearson Band

11:30 am Y Dance Academy performance

11:45 a.m. First Ducky Race Heat

12:00 p.m. Rock Island Jam Band 1

12:15 p.m. Second Ducky Race Heat

12:30 p.m. Underage Band

12:45 p.m. Third Ducky Race Heat

1:15 p.m. Fourth Ducky Race Heat

1:30 p.m. Songstress Julia Sandler

1:45 p.m. Fifth Ducky Race Heat

2:00 p.m. Rock Island Jam Band 2

2:15 p.m. Sixth Ducky Derby Race

2:30. p.m. Grand Finale Ducky Derby Race, (winners of the first 6 races compete)

2:35 p.m. Rock Island Jam Band 3

(Band performances will pause during Ducky Races)


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