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Duck Derby to take place Saturday May, 7

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Get your ducks in a row! The chance to win $2,500 is coming up Saturday, May 7.

Those who dare to take a gamble are encouraged to participate in the 2016 Ducky Derby benefiting the Wilson County Community Help Center.

Wilson County Community Help Center Director Ben Spicer explained how the Ducky Derby works. Folks can "adopt" a rubber ducky for $5. The adopted ducks will then be dropped into the Cumberland River and "race" to the finish line. The first-place winner will receive $2,500; second place will receive $1,500; and the third-place winner will receive $750.

Spicer said the "dead last duck" will receive a $100 prize.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the Carroll-Oakland School parking lot. At 10 a.m., the race will begin, and the ducks will be dropped off the bridge on Highway 231 North.

"We have the Empty Bowls event in the fall that helps with food, and we wanted another fund-raiser to help with some other things. This is going to help with utility bills, clothing - and hopefully one day we can provide rent as a service again," Spicer said.

The Ducky Derby is sponsored by THW and Aflac.

THW partner Jud Nave said they were happy to support the "good work" the help center is doing.

Nolan McCue with Aflac added they were glad to participate as well.

"We are involved with a lot of folks in the community who use the help center. Like Jud said, the things they do our community needs. Anything we can provide we always try to," McCue said.

Derby ducks are $5 each and can be purchased by calling (615) 449-1856.

Spicer said that 1,000 ducks have already been purchased.

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