Fifth Annual Great Cowley Duck Dash
The ducks that meander down stream may be plastic, but a real duck is scheduled to make an appearance for the first time at the Fifth Annual Great Cowley Duck Dash. Set once again on the beautiful property of Bob and Carolyn Langenwalter northeast of Arkansas City, the Dash has helped raise thousands of dollars for the Endowed Scholarship Fund at Cowley.
This year’s event is set for May 18. Gates open at 4:30 p.m., and racing begins at 5:30 p.m. A gourmet picnic, provided by the college’s food service, Great Western Dining, will be served following the races. “This has been a lot of fun, and it’s grown every year in the number of tickets sold and in attendance,” said Terri Morrow, dean of development and college relations.
A new feature this year will be a live duck performing what is called the “Duck Squat.” Here’s how it works: A live duck will be placed inside a wire coop. The floor of the coop will have squares that are numbered. Morrow said there probably would be 50 squares. Each square will be sold for $10. The person who purchased the numbered square in which the duck relieves himself wins half of the total amount raised through the Duck Squat. The other half will go toward the Endowed Scholarship Fund. “This is a new event, and chances to win will be sold prior to the event,” Morrow said.
The Great Cowley Duck Dash will have the same format as last year. Persons may purchase ducks for $20 each, or they can get six ducks for $100. Morrow said a seventh duck would be added free to those responding by invitation. Persons interested in being added to the invitation list should contact Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diane Kelly, coordinator to the dean of development and college relations, at email@example.com.
This year, there will be seven heat races, with the winners each receiving $70. The seven heat winners will then race to see which duck is the overall winner. The grand prize is $1,000 cash. Dozens of door prizes also will be awarded. “I just want to thank Bob and Carolyn Langenwalter for allowing us to use their wonderful property, and Warren Hunt at Great Western Dining for the fabulous meal,” Morrow said. “And of course, thanks goes to all of our sponsors and people who come out.”
More than 400 attended the 2001 event. Bored of Education, a band comprised of Cowley faculty members, will provide the entertainment. For more information or to purchase ducks, contact Morrow at (620) 441-5291 or Kelly at (620) 441-5237.
Duck Dash 2002 sponsors as of Feb. 21:
Gallaway’s, Paton Wholesale & Vending, Goodtime Productions, Donna’s Designs, United Agency, Taylor Drug, ADM Milling Co., Inc., Ark City Country Mart, Buterbaugh & Handlin, LM Consultants, Long & Neises CPA’s Chartered, Potter’s Liquor Store, Sonic Drive-In, Starlyn Venus State Farm Insurance, Webber Land Co., David Andreas, Arkansas City Chamber of Commerce, Gail Burden, O.D., the City of Arkansas City, CornerBank, Commerce Bank, D&S Liquor, Elite Advertising, Gordon & Associates, Grave’s Drug, Home National Bank, Kempf Liquor, Otis Morrow, Dr. Brad Swanson, Summit Auto World, S&Y Industries, Gregg & Simmons, Reedy Ford, Smyer Travel, Trust Company of Kansas.