TEXAS CITY — Once each year, the official mascot of Texas City changes from the stingarees to the duck. The school district foundation’s fundraiser that features a massive rubber duck race returns on Saturday.
When the Texas City ISD Foundation for the Future held its first Youthfest and Duck Derby seven years ago, only the first place duck had the chance to win the Lucky Duck prize. Now, all top 10 finishers have a chance at the Lucky Duck prize of a new $50,000 Ford truck or car.
The Foundation is now selling ducks to raise funds to benefit teachers and students in the Texas City Independent School District.
The Duck Derby will have yellow rubber ducks racing down Sting Creek, the waterway besides the Simpson Education Support Center, located at 1700 Ninth Avenue North. There are 5,000 ducks up for adoption at $5 each. Buyers can purchase individual ducks or they can choose to purchase a Quack Pack for $25, in which they will receive six adopted duck racers, one junior duck toy and savings coupons for Grand Prize Barbeque and Iguanas Ranas Cantina.
To win the Ford vehicle, the adopted duck must match the pre-selected winning number and has to cross the finish line 1st through 10th place. However, those who adopt a duck will have the opportunity to win other prizes such as a $2,500 Visa gift card, $1,500 Walmart gift card, $1,000 Tanger gift card, 55” Smart HD-TV, $750 Best Buy gift card, $500 Academy gift card, $400 HEB gift card, iPhone 5s, iPod Touch or $100 Iguanas Ranas gift card.
In addition to the Duck Derby, Texas City ISD’s award-winning fine arts and cheer programs will be performing as part of the Youthfest.
The event begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. The duck drop and race will be at 3 p.m. Besides the student entertainment, schools will have a variety of games and activities for children and families to participate in such as inflatables, archery, face painting and more. TCISD central office and campus administrators, including the TCISD Superintendent, will take a turn in the Pie in the Face booth. Contestants can throw a whipped pie into the face of a favorite, or not so favorite, administrator.
“This event is fun for the whole family,” said TCISD Foundation Executive Director Deborah Laine. “There will be good food, great entertainment, plenty of fun activities and unbelievable prizes.”
Adoption certificates are available at the TCISD Foundation for the Future office, located at the district’s administration building, 1700 Ninth Avenue North. Other sales locations include: Cook Ford — Duck Headquarters, Heights Elementary, Kohfeldt Elementary, Northside Elementary, Roosevelt-Wilson Elementary, Levi Fry Intermediate, Benny’s Liquor, Texas City’s City Hall, TC/LM Chamber of Commerce, Texas First Bank and the Safety Council.
“The Youthfest and Duck Derby has become a wonderful event in Texas City that the Galveston County community can look forward to every year,” said Laine.