24th annual duck race hoping for record participation

By WEEK Producer

August 21, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:14 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Just five days remain until thousands of rubber ducks will race across the Illinois River.

Sunday marks the 24th annual Duck Race for the Center for Prevention of Abuse.

This year's event will feature live music, food from local vendors, and family games.

Director Martha Herm said they have already had to purchase extra ducks for this year's event, hoping to sell a record of 25,000.

"Our issues are not easy, they're not comfortable, they're not warm and fuzzy," said Herm. "For the community to come together and say we really need to stop domestic violence, sexual assault, and elder abuse, and we're here to support the center so they can do their best to do that."

The race begins Sunday at 3 p.m.

If you would like to enter you can mail or drop off a form to the Center for Prevention of Abuse or enter online at www.duckrace.com/peoria.

Ducks cost just $5 a piece. The winner will receive of $5,000.

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