Ducky Derby is all it was quacked up to be

A ducky purchased by Shannon Smith was the fastest swimmer, netting her the first prize.

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WALLA WALLA - About 800 people lined the banks of Mill Creek on Saturday to watch 17,000 yellow ducks float down the river in hopes of winning this year's Walla Walla Exchange Club Baker Boyer Ducky Derby.

Thanks to some extra sponsors this year, they also had more chances of winning.

"We did have more ... because we had a lot of good people getting some wonderful prizes," Exchange Club President Judy Hicks said.

A record number of ducks were sold this year, around 16,600 and netting in excess of $65,000.

First-time sponsors included Walla Walla Sweets Baseball, YMCA, YWCA, Rob Paul Salon, Impress Salon, Super 1 Foods, Wenzel Nursery and Cost Less Carpet.

This year's winners are:

1. Shannon Smith, Walla Walla, 2010 Toyota Tacoma or $10,000 cash by Abajian Toyota.

2. Margaret Buchan, Walla Walla, $1,000 gas at Ninth Street Zip Zone.

3. Kelly Hutcherson, Walla Walla, diamond pendant with chain by Falkenberg's Jewelers.

4. Ed Keller, Yakima, Hardtail mountain bike by Allegro Cyclery.

5. Dewey Parish, season tickets to Walla Walla Sweets Baseball

6. Jim Knapp, Walla Walla, $500 gift certificate to Martin's Jewelers.

7. Sherry White, Walla Walla, one year YMCA family membership.

8. Chris Jacky, Walla Walla, $500 cash at Farmers' Co-op.

9. Wylie Monuments, $300 at Impress Salon.

10. Debbie Buckland, Walla Walla, $300 at Cost Less Carpet.

11. Carter family of Walla Walla, $250 at Walla Walla Les Schwab Tire.

12. Sandi Skurski, College Place, $250 at Walla Walla Les Schwab Tire.

13. Toni Stein, Waitsburg, Trip for Two to Whistlin' Jack Lodge by Pepsi-Cola.

14. Lyle L. Hopson, Walla Walla, $250 Maui Jim Sunglasses by Valley Vision.

15. Dustin Iseminger, College Place, $200 at Wenzel Nursery.

16. John Cress, College Place, $200 at Super 1 Foods.

17. Opp & Seibold General Contractors, YWCA ice skating party and cake for 10.

18. Lorrie Toye, College Place, $50 at Rob Paul Salon.

19. Laurie Chambers, Touchet, $100 at Brights Candies and $100 at Clarette's Restaurant.

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