By Megan Hansen/Around & About editor

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, but this is not the only derby coming up. Big Brothers/Big Sisters will be on campus today to sign people up for the Kentucky American Water Company rubber duck derby.

Sign-ups for the duck derby will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. today outside the Powell Building, said Dale Suttles, coordinator of the duck derby.

At the sign-ups the grand prize of the duck derby will be on display. This year’s grand prize is a silver 2004 Suzuki Aerio.

“It’s a very cute car,” he said.

Suttles explained the way the duck derby works is members of the community are able to purchase rubber ducks. At the actual duck derby all the rubber ducks will be released into the lake at Lexington Green. The first duck to make it across the lake is the winner. Whoever’s duck is the first to make it across the lake will win the Aerio.

Also, at today’s event Big Brothers/Big Sisters will be recruiting volunteers and handing out information about the organization.

This is the fourth year for the duck derby, according to Suttles. This year’s derby sponsor is Shepherd Suzuki.

It costs $5 to adopt a duck for the duck derby. All the money raised from the event will go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass and the Kentucky River Foothills in Madison County.

“If we sell all the ducks available, the most ducks we will sell is 5,000,” Suttles said.

Suttles says he is estimating only around 3,500 ducks will be sold.

“The odds are really good,” he said.

Thousands of people came out last year to watch the duck derby, according to Suttles.

“(The duck derby) really grew last year,” he said.

Starting at noon the day of the duck derby will be the Wild Oats family fun day.

“There will be food, drinks and animals at the family fun day,” Suttles said.

He said the fun day is like a carnival and is opportune for families to go out and have a good time together.

“The duck derby is a good event where the money goes to good organizations,” he said.

For more information about the duck derby and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, contact Suttles at 624-2318 and be transferred to the Lexington office, or you can reach Lisa Gay at 624-2318.

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