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GALLERY: Duck Derby

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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.

Ducks floated across the pool at Westside Park on Sunday afternoon at the 3rd annual Duck Derby.

Jay Stoeber’s duck won forst prize at the 3rd annual Duck Derby at Westside Park on Sunday afternoon.

The winner of the Duck Derby was awared $1,000. Each individual duck could be purchased for $5.

Various synchronized swimming performances were also showcased at the 3rd annual Duck Derby on Sunday afternoon.

Hundreds of plastic yellow ducks were bagged and prepared for the 3rd annual Duck Derby at Westide Park.

A younger member of the O2B Kids Fusion Dance Companyshows off her flexibility during a dance routine at the 3rd annual Duck Derby on Sunday afternoon.

Performers from the O2B Kids Fusion Dance Company performed at Westisde Park on Sunday afternoon.

A performer from the Sun County Gym tumbles at the 3rd annual Duck Derby at Westisde Park on Sunday afternoon.

Children pose for a picture with a duck mascot at that 3rd annual Duck Derby at Westside Park on Sunday afternoon.

5-year-old Libbi gets her face painted at Westside Park on Sunday afternoon.

Philomena Brotherton, 4, prepares to toss a beanbag at the 3rd annual Duck Derby hosted by the Child Advocacy Center and Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Aaron, 7, and Jonathan, 3, slide down an inflatable slide at the 3rd annual Duck Derby at Westside Park.

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Amber is a reporter for WUFT News and can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.

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