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10,000 ducks launched at the 8th Annual Duck Derby

BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — It was a quack of a good time Sunday as the Broome County Humane Society launched 10,000 plastic ducks down a makeshift river for the 8th annual Duck Derby.

Ducks cost $5 to adopt and the owner of the first duck that makes it down the river wins $5,000.

High water levels moved the Duck Derby out of the Chenango River, but that didn’t stop the community rallying behind the cause.

"The proceeds provide all the medical care that they need, spay and neuter, the food that they require when they’re in our care and the housing and it helps pay for our staff who take care of them everyday," said Broome County Humane Society Executive Director, Karen Matson.

The Broome County Humane Society provides care to more than 1,200 animals a year.

Matson says the more animals that are adopted in good health, the more they can take in. 

"Well, after I volunteered at a humane society myself, I definitely see the amount of dogs they have in these humane societies that do need homes," said rescue dog owner Dennis Brandt.

Organizers say the Duck Derby is the society’s largest fundraiser, raising roughly $20,000 a year.

"This event helps us significantly when it comes to making sure the animals have everything they need until they find their forever homes," said Matson.

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