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6,000 rubber ducks float for Florida's Duck Derby

The annual Duck Derby event raises money for the Adopt-A-Family charity.

By Ben Hooper

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., March 9 (UPI) -- Organizers of Florida's Duck Derby said some 300 people waded into a pool filled with 6,000 rubber ducks for the chance to win prizes worth up to $5,000.

Adopt-A-Family, the charity behind the event Sunday at CityPlace in West Palm Beach, said blindfolded participants fished ducks out of the pool, and each duck was marked on its underside with a bar code that determined whether the duck-picker won a prize.

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The prizes ranged from coupons for local restaurants and businesses to the grand prize $5,000 vacation at an Orlando resort.

Participants paid $5 per duck, $25 for six ducks or $100 for 25 ducks.

Adopt-A-Family officials said they were hoping to surpass the $24,000 raised by last year's Duck Derby in downtown Lake Worth.

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