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  • Quack Attack

  •      A new location and new river had ducks flying past the finish line like never before.

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  • A new location and new river had ducks flying past the finish line like never before.
    The Z98 Great Quack Attack took place on First Avenue, with flocks of spectators lining the “riverbed” as a part of the Main Street Festival. A 400-foot river fed by fire department hoses ran down the hill from just north of Spruce Street to Gunsmoke Street. As ducks neared the finish line, they were funneled into a single line so an obvious winner could be indentified.
    More than 3,000 ducks competed in four different heats of 750 total racers. The top 125 in each heat qualified for the final race. In the end, duck number 2771 flew ahead of the competition and won Martha Bell $7,000.00.
    Bell has raced ducks in the Quack Attack for six years. While she has never had a winning duck, she has won money with a hardluck duck. Hard luck ducks are those that did not make it through to the final race but were selected randomly as prize winners.
    The thirty-year resident of Dodge City says she plans to put the money in savings and maybe take a trip. Her friends jokingly added that she would be taking them to Cancun.
    Other winners and their respective cash prizes are as follows:
    Second place: Glenda Kraft, $3000.00
    Third place: Eric Dawson, $2000.00
    Fourth place: Jessica Slattery, $700.00
    Fifth place: John Kinser/Gary Robe, $600.00
    Sixth place: Rhonda Amaro, $500.00
    Seventh place: Jeff Schnitker, $400.00
    Eight place: Jenny Fisher, $300.00
    Ninth place: Kevin and Amy Dykes, $200.00
    Tenth place: Jill Henrichs, $100.00
    According to Shelly Holle, a committee member for the Great Quack Attack, this is the first year that every overall winner has been present. Had the first, second and third place winners been absent at the end of the race, they would have one only half of their total winnings.
    Heat race winners were Vick Fisher and Mandy Phelps. Winners for the other two heats were not present. Each heat race winner won $100.00.
    $100 bills were given to the owners of hard luck duck winners Ryan Lehmkuhler, Rhonda Amaro, Tom Zachman and Troy and Jenny Fisher. Zachman's duck literally jumped out of the river to win his prize. Amaro and the Fisher's received hard luck duck money as well as an overall cash prize.
    Prize money, a total of $15,700.00, was donated by event sponsors. All duck sale money raised by The Alley and Big Brothers Big Sisters will go directly to the organizations themselves.
    The Alley plans to use the money to run their organization and to improve their after school program. Big Brother Big Sisters will use their funds to operate their program and to find more mentors for the program.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Everything went so smooth,” Holle said. “The longer river allowed for more spectators along the sides and the river was a success.”
    Holle credits the Main Street Festival as having a hand in the Quack Attack's triumph.
    “The Main Street Festival made it the best event ever because it coincides well with the duck race,” she said. “The festival is geared toward kids and we are raising money for kids. It's perfect.”
    Chelsey Fisher, director of Main Street Dodge City, agreed.
    “We thought the festival was a huge success and were pleased with the crowd,” she said. “Z98 Quack Attack was a great addition this year.”
    The Main Street Festival showcases historic downtown Dodge and local businesses. This year, guests were entertained by local band Ask Vinney, a dunk tank, a car crash simulator, can-can dancers and other activities.
    Holle also added a special thanks for the fire department for their part in “making the race amazing.”

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