Ducky Derby hatches 'Where's Ducky? contest


You may have noticed from the giant inflatable poultry making the rounds on the rooftops of local businesses that Ducky Derby season has officially commenced.

This year there are a couple of additions for ticket-holders to the big duck race taking place next month.

On the back of each Ducky Derby ticket is a special key word. Those who text the key word to a special Inland Cellular short code on the ticket will automatically be entered into a contest to win up to $500 in the Inland Cellular Money Machine. The winner will be announced at the Ducky Derby event May 21, according to an announcement.

Once the key word has been texted, participants can also begin receiving clues to a new contest called "Where's Ducky?" The clues will lead people to the various sponsor locations where a second clue will be presented. Following the second clue leads to the location of the duck. Those who follow the clues to the location will entered into a drawing to receive a prize for that day. Prizes include a ticket for five "ducks" in the Ducky Derby. One or two contests will take place each week until the derby. The first scavenger hunt started today.

For more details, contact Michael Mettler at or at 529-5525.

Milton-Freewater's new bakery/book store is adding bags of coffee to its inventory.

Our Daily Bread Bakery & Books now sells whole bean Nicaraguan Arabica coffee beans in 1-pound bags and 2-ounce packages, according to an announcement from the Milton-Freewater Area Chamber of Commerce. The coffee comes in a variety of roasts and blends.

The coffee is the same type that's served free in the shop at 311 S. Main St. It's apparently been an agreeable type of coffee for those sensitive to coffee due to acid content.

In addition to the coffee, the shop has also been taking orders for pies for the holiday weekend. For more information, call 541-938-9388.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at or 526-8321.


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