Fayetteville preps for duck derby

It's Dogwood Festival time, and that also means ducks are swimming for charity.

The annual Fayetteville Duck Derby is set for this Sunday during the Dogwood Festival festivities.

Thousands of plastic ducks may be adopted by the people for $5, and this year, the ducks will "race" in Festival Park's Cross Creek.

The Derby is coordinated by Fayetteville Urban Ministry, and proceeds from the event go to nearly 30 community nonprofits. Beneficiaries include Cumberland County Schools, the Army's Army, and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina.

"Collectively we will impact more than 50,000 human beings in the county," said Johnny Wilson, Executive Director of the Fayetteville Urban Ministry. "That's the true benefit of all it is ultimately transforming lives through a duck."

There's still time to purchase a duck before Sunday's race. You may attend the Duck Tagging Party at the Re-Store Warehouse in Fayetteville. That event is from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at 205 Forsythe Street.

You can also purchase a duck online at www.fayettevilleduckderby.com.

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