Duck Tagging and Sandbagging Wednesday Night for Duck Race

The 27th Annual Duck Race to benefit The Center for Prevention of Abuse is almost here, but there is still work to be done to get the little racers ready for competition.

Volunteers will be tagging all of the ducks with individual numbers this Wednesday night from 6-8pm at Eastside Centre in East Peoria. Each duck’s number will correlate with someone’s name who bought it for the race. After each duck is tagged, they will all be placed into the back of a Caterpillar dump truck.  On race day, the ducks will be dumped onto a giant slip-n-slide and they will race down the street leading to Eastside Centre.

During the duck tagging event, other volunteers will be filling sandbags for the slip-n-slide. 500 sandbags are needed to hold the race track in place on race day. The bags will be filled and placed on pallets for use.

The 27th annual Duck Race is this Saturday, August 29. Activities begin at noon and the duck race kicks off at 2pm. Thanks to our sponsors, all of the money raised from the sale of the rubber ducks goes directly to fund services and programs at The Center for Prevention of Abuse. The dollars help fulfill The Center’s mission to help women, men and children live free from violence and abuse.

The winner of this year’s Duck Race will walk away with $5,000. There are also many other great prizes to be awarded. Ducks can be purchased by visiting our website They will be on sale through Saturday morning or until all 30,000 ducks are sold.

WHAT: Duck tagging and sandbagging for the 27th Annual Duck Race

WHERE: Eastside Centre in East Peoria on the basketball courts

WHEN: Wednesday, August 26 from 6-8pm

WHO: Representatives from The Center for Prevention of Abuse will be available for interviews


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