Determined ducks take to pond at Maris Farms with a new title sponsor for ‘Iron Duck’ series
And a brand new nonprofit will benefit from the funds raised through race fan ‘betting’
It’ll be a hungry and competitive crop of quacks – and a brand new title sponsor – hitting the race pond this fall at Maris Farms for the annual Iron Duck Championship series. This year, the event is presented by MarySellsScents and Michael J. Real Estate, two local businesses committed to local causes. And the proceeds from all bets placed by race fans this fall will go to a new recipient as well – nonprofit Celebrate HARVEST, whose mission it is to preserve family farms by inspiring and financially supporting present-day farmers and future experiential farmers.
“We’re very excited about coming back after a year away due to the pandemic in 2020,” track master Steve Templeman said. “We have an awesome title sponsor and some of the best DUCK-athletes we’ve had since the start of this series in 2012! MarySellsScents and Michael J Real Estate give the event some serious legitimacy now, and our charity recipient has an awesome cause. We’re geared up for a fantastic season and some exciting competition!”
This season’s DUCK-athletes are QUACKie Chan, DUCK Norris, Sir QUACKS-a-lot, Christy BEAKly & DUCKleberry Finn.
“We’ve all missed the crazy competition between these fired up fowl this past year, “race announcer and QUACKmaster Dennis Riley said. “It may take a few races for them to figure out exactly what the duck is going on. But they’re back, they’re hungry and they’re ready to make a name for themselves in this sport.”
Training started late this fall and is continuing up to opening day, Oct. 2nd . The Buckley farm hosts the live duck races at 1 and 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. A duck “parade” from the duck quarters to the race pond precedes each race and then they march back to their quarters following each race.
Even with a year-long hiatus due to the pandemic, the mantra remains the same: swim, flutter and run! It’s live duck racing with a triathlon twist!
The 2021 Iron ‘DUCK’ Series features the following DUCK-athletes:
#1 – QUACKie Chan
#2 – DUCK Norris
#3 – Sir QUACKS-a-lot
#4 – Christy BEAKly
#5 – DUCKleberry Finn
Help us help preserve family farms and the future of experiential farming. Donate today and #goDOfarms!
About Celebrate HARVEST (Helping Agriculture Reimagine Via Entertainment, Scholarships & Tourism)
Celebrate HARVEST is a nonprofit charitable organization whose mission is to preserve traditional family farms by promoting and supporting experiential farming, also known as agritainment – it’s Farming Reimagined. Celebrate HARVEST is also committed to inspiring youth to pursue the agritainment profession via continuing education awards for those wanting to pursue some aspect of experiential farming as well as funding of field trips to experiential farms for underserved students/schools. It also helps fund/build/manage non-traditional farming events/activities at experiential farms as a means of adding to the farms appeal and a potential fund-raising event/activity for Celebrate HARVEST.
About the Duck Races
This special event race is patterned after the famed Iron Man Triathlon, where competitors (human, that is) challenge one another over a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 2.2-mile marathon along the Kona (hawaii) coast each October. However, instead of 1800 human racing machines, Maris Farms will serve up a half dozen of the finest DUCK-athletes in Pierce County, and they’ll cover a grand total of 200 feet!
The ducks start at one end of an old cow fieder by swimming 100 feet one direction, then climbing a ramp to a platform built over the swim pond and “running/fluttering” back to where they started. First one back is the winner. In all, there are 20 races during the season. The duck with the most victories over that period is crowned Iron ‘DUCK’ Series Champion.
The month-long event helps raise money for nonprofit Celebrate HARVEST by allowing people to place bets on who they believe will win each race. Those bets are given in the form of a donation the Celebrate HARVEST. To date, the event has raised more than $3,200 for the Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Project since starting in 2012. Each “betting” participant receives a special duck bill. They also receive a numbered raffle ticket – they keep half and put the other half in the betting slot of their “predicted” winner. At the end of the race, the announcer will draw a name from the “winning” duck’s slot, and that individual will win a prize from one of our sponsors.
DUCK RACE SPONSORSHIPS HELP RAISE FUNDS FOR CELEBRATE HARVEST AS WELL:
Exposure to customers occurs inside & outside of the pig/animal barn and during our three sessions of racing on Saturday and Sunday during the entire month of October. Exposure also occurs with any partnering radio station’s web site and with weekly updates and photos of each pig in uniform, weekly press releases beginning in mid-September and lasting through the month of October that go out to all local newspaper, radio and tv affiliates as well as on the Celebrate HARVEST and Maris Farms web sites and Facebook pages; Participating sponsors will also be exposed on all printed materials that are posted at the farm and within the community talking about the event. All sponsors are expected to participate in prize contributions as well.
Help us help preserve family farms and the future of experiential farming. Donate today & #goDOfarms!