Aaron, 7, and Jonathan, 3, slide down an inflatable slide at the 3rd annual Duck Derby at Westside Park.
The sun was shining and fun was in abundance at Gainesville’s 3rd annual Duck Derby Sunday afternoon.
The event, which took place at Westside Park, was sponsored by the Child Advocacy Center and the Children’s Home Society to bring awareness to issues of child abuse and to highlight different programs available to assist children.
Entrance to the event was free, but participants could choose to purchase miniature duck toys for $5 a piece to enter in the Duck Derby.
There was an inflatable slide, beanbag tosses and face painting booths set up to entertain enthusiastic youngsters and a large, yellow duck mascot at the park for the children to take photographs with.
Performers from the O2B Kids Fusion Dance Company, tumblers from the Sun County Gym and synchronized swimmers entertained attendees as they awaited the Duck Derby that took place later on in the afternoon.
The Duck Derby consisted of hundreds of plastic yellow ducks propelling down the Westside Park water slide and across the pool. The lucky owner of the first squeaky bath toy across the finish line was awarded $1,000.
Jay Stoeber’s quacker was the winner, and he took home the prize.
All photos taken by WUFT photographer Amber Riccinto.
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