More than 5,000 bright yellow rubber ducks swarmed the lazy river at Kalahari Resort Friday night for the fourth annual Duck Derby, and nearly twice that many people cheered them on.
For months, members of the public flocked to area businesses and waited in lines at Kalahari up until minutes before the race to purchase the ducks for $20 each. The ducks sold out -- ringing in a grand total of more than $70,000 in proceeds to benefit the United Way of Erie County and the Sandusky Main Street Association.
Sandusky resident Kelly Perrin, held the rights to duck No. 4307, who floated to a third place win. Perrin, who won a two-night, three-day Beyond Belief stay at Kalahari, said she wasn't expecting to win.
The other three winners weren't present to claim their prizes. First place, winning a two-year lease on a 2009 Toyota Corolla, went to duck No. 2427, owned by Maureen Burger of Willard. Second place went to Janni Keller of Sandusky, who won a large, flat-panel TV and home theater system. Duck No. 1038 scored Carolyn Mitchell of Sandusky a $1,000 Sandusky Mall gift package.