20th annual Duck Dash raises more than $20,000

Enjoying great food and entertainment, 268 people attended the 20th annual Great Cowley Duck Dash held Saturday at Cowley College’s W.S. Scott Auditorium.

The event, which was planned to be held at Spring Hill Farms in Winfield, had to be moved to the Cowley College campus due to the excessive amount of rain that fell during the week.

The Great Cowley Duck Dash, which featured a duck race and duck squat, has raised more than $300,000 for student scholarships over the past 20 years.

“Despite the fact that the weather did not cooperate with us this year, Duck Dash was still a tremendous success,” Cowley College vice president of institutional advancement Dr. Kori Gregg said. “We were hoping against the odds all week that the sun would shine a few days earlier than it did so we could enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Spring Hill Farm. However, we made the best of it and everyone seemed to enjoy the great food, music and festivities that always make duck dash a special event. We did surpass last year’s total number of dinner tickets sold and while duck dash is never the same when it’s held indoors, we were successful in raising dollars for student scholarships and the bottom line is that is what it is all about.”

To accommodate not having a live duck race out at the farm, the evening featured a video of the duck race recorded a few days prior to the event. The duck squat was held on the W.S. Scott Auditorium stage.

Cowley College president Dr. Dennis C. Rittle entertained the crowd as the emcee for the duck races, while Steve English, CEO of TCK – The Trust Company of Kansas, served as emcee for the duck squat.

Bill Docking was the winner of the winning duck race and the $1,000 cash prize. Charles McKown was the winner of the duck squat and was awarded $500. There were also raffle winners at the event, while Jan Hatfield provided musical entertainment. Great Western Dining catered the dinner.

There were 614 ducks sold for the duck race.

*Duck race $75 heat winners — Bill Docking, Melinda Cushenberry, Virginia Wells, Wilma Mitchell, Meg Smith, Jim and Marvis Gaddie

*Losers Race Winners — Patty Neises, S&Y Industries, Greg and Tami Norwood, Curt and Cindy Freeland, Shirley Jester, Steven Russell

*Winner of the Consolation race and $100 – Steven Russell

Raffle winners:

*Relax & Rejuvv’ Rejuvv’ Spa Package provided by Tracie Gordon – Ann Swanson

*Wine & Wings sponsored by B Four Flying and Friends of the Foundation – Brooke Istas

*Go Cowley sponsored by generous departments within Cowley College – Brooke Istas

*Music & More sponsored by Cowley College and Dr. Kori Gregg – Stacy Kerr

*Family Fun sponsored by the City of Arkansas City, Memory Lane Photography and Lindsay Allen, Ark City Recreation Center, various other local merchants – Christie Rittle

Pluck-A-Duck Prize winners:

*Tree valued at $250 from Gottlob Landscaping – Jody Arnett

*Wine Basket, Massage, Royals Tickets, Chiefs Autographed photo donated by the Foundation, A Break from Reality and an anonymous donor – Bill Docking

*$250 cash – Shae Koenke