It wasn’t the nicest day as far as the weather in Seaside Saturday but, a very good day for Seaside Kids Inc. as the team from Ohana Media Group (OMG) orchestrated the 10th annual Ducky Derby which raised over $3200.00 and since 2009 has raised over $35,000 for the local nonprofit athletic program.
Clatsop Community Bank has supported the annual event each year as title sponsor and awarded the grand prize of a $500 savings account to Barb Hassan—the owner of this year’s winning duck. Other prizes were awarded to runners-up.
The bank's involvement with Seaside Kids goes beyond fundraising with President, CEO Joe Schulte handling coaching duties for one of the teams. (pictured with players (L-R) Zeben Brown, Ray Thornburg, Kyler McCreary, Trey Ryels, Brody Hillman and Cam Schulte)
Many local businesses participate in supporting the event providing prizes and some take it a step further by setting up tents at the annual event giving away goodies.
Quatat Marine Park on the Necanicum River provides the perfect venue for the race that features hundreds of tiny floating yellow ducks, each numbered representing contestants who have paid five dollars each to have a duck in the race.
The race course is composed of multicolored float tubes roped together and at a signal from the event announcer nearly 650 little duckies were dumped into the course as race wardens in a row boat and, a paddlewheel swan from Wheel Fun Rentals watched to make sure the ducks stayed on the course.
On the Park dock kids had fun playing in a bouncy house, had their faces painted and blew big bubbles at the bubble station. OMG kept the crowd fueled with a hotdog feed for everyone to enjoy. Seaside Aquarium is a regular event sponsor and each year brings in a display of sea creatures featuring a mini tide pool of aquatic life that kids are encouraged to touch. This year they also displayed a tiny octopus that is common in northwest waters but not something one would see every day.
Seaside Kids, Inc. is a non-profit corporation dedicated to providing healthy, wholesome activity to the youth of the community. It was organized over 50 years ago and its success can be measured both by its steady growth and increasing public acceptance and support. All funds for the operation are provided by business and fraternal organizations, parents, interested citizens, and foundation grants. All physical efforts are provided on a voluntary basis. The organization currently serve 600 youth in baseball, softball, 5th and 6th-grade football, golf and free swim days.
Ohana Media Group is a locally owned media company with studios and offices located in Warrenton. OMG operates radio stations KAST AM 1370, The Eagle 103.9 FM, 102.3 FM KCRX, CLAMMY 99.7 FM and, 106.3 FM “The Beach”.