ROCKINGHAM — Rubber ducks bobbed and splashed to the finish line in a race to raise money for the Sandhills Children’s Center Sunday afternoon.
Hundreds of area residents gathered at the creek’s Steele Street public access for the inaugural Hitchcock Creek Duck Derby. Organizers dropped 5,000 yellow ducks into the creek, and sponsors of the first ducks to float downstream received cash and prizes from local businesses.
Hannah Roberts won the $1,500 Super Duck prize and Donna Johnson received cashed in her second-place “Lucky Duck” for $500.
A $500,000 prize from Covington Investment Properties for the Million Dollar Duck went unclaimed. The winning duck’s number had to match one of two pre-selected numbers in order for the duck’s “foster parent” to qualify. Sandhills Children’s Center and the foster parent would have split a $1 million award.
The duck derby featured a festival atmosphere, with food vendors, games and a bounce house for the kids.
Sunday’s event raised money for the Sandhills Children’s Center, a private nonprofit with campuses in Rockingham and Southern Pines that offers a children’s day program tailored to serve those with developmental disabilities.
— Corey Friedman