Little Apple Duck Dash hosted on Saturday

Then six-year-old Jonah Stinson, resident of Wamego, practices his duck call at Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan's Little Apple Duck Dash at Tuttle Creek Pond on June 13, 2015. (File Photo by Erin Poppe)

The Little Apple Duck Dash, a fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan, will occur at CiCo Park on June 10. The event begins at 9 a.m., and the race starts at 11:30 a.m. The event is free to attend and open to the public.

The event will have food vendors, mascots and a duck “tattoo” station, among other activities.

Purchasing one duck provides one week of after school snacks for a Boys and Girls Club member. For every 12 ducks purchased, the funds provide an after school, semester-long scholarship for one individual student. You must be 18 or older to adopt a duck. A minimum $5 donation is requested at the time of the adoption.

There are nine Boys and Girls Clubs operating in Manhattan that serve more than 950 children each day and 2,400 children each year.

The Boys and Girls Club of Manhattan’s goal is to sell 5,000 rubber ducks by the time of the event. At the time of publication, the fundraiser was just over its half way mark.

The top three ducks to cross the finish line will win prizes. First place is $1,000 cash, second place is $750 cash and third place is a $500 shopping spree at Manhattan Town Center. Winners do not have to be present to win a prize. In case of poor weather, three ducks will be selected at random as the grand prize winners.

Individuals interested in adopting a duck can purchase them online, at Manhattan Town Center or at any location of the event’s 15 corporate and local sponsors. Ducks are available for adoption up to an hour before the race.

I'm DeAundra Allen, co-editor-in-chief and sports editor at the Collegian. I'm a junior in broadcast journalism and pre-law, with a minor in philosophy. I was born in Brighton, Colorado, home of La Placita and the Bulldogs. I moved to Kansas in 2010, and fell in love with press boxes at a young age. In my spare time, I talk about my pets, sports, and work towards going to law school.