The ducks are ready to race to help Advocates for Children.

The annual Duck Derby is set for Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sam Smith Park, 1155 Douthit Ferry Road in Cartersville.

To compete in the Duck Derby and win a grand prize of $10,000 cash, adopt a rubber duck at prices ranging from $5 to $250, according to the event website.

Each duck adopted will be released into a man-made water raceway at Sam Smith Park to race to the finish line, according to information from Advocates for Children.

There will be multiple races and the first crates of ducks from each will be pulled to race in the grand prize race. If an adopted duck is the first one pulled from the grand prize race, the owner will win the grand prize of $10,000.

All entrants will get one duck entered in the VID race that takes place immediately before the main race at noon. The winning VID duck will take home a $1,000 cash prize. Also included with a VID package are 50 ducks entered in the main race with the winner taking home the $10,000 prize.

Advocates is a community agency that provides services to more than 3,000 children and families victimized by abuse and neglect annually.

Organizers created their own water raceway with a starting pool and end pool connected together with a winding waterway. They received assistance from corporate partners at Gerdau Ameristeel.

The setup allows event attendees to watch the ducks from start to finish and enjoy the excitement as their ducks race along.

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