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May 19, 2015

18th annual Duck Dash raises more than $22,000


Duck DashEnjoying great food and entertainment, more than 350 people attended the 18th annual Great Cowley Duck Dash held Saturday at Cowley College’s W.S. Scott Auditorium.


The event, which was planned to be held at Spring Hill Farms in Winfield, had to be moved to the Cowley College campus due to the excessive amount of rain that fell during the week.


“We appreciate everyone that turned out for the event,” Ben Schears, Cowley College vice president for institutional advancement said. “The event is an important part of our fundraising efforts for the year.”


The Great Cowley Duck Dash, which featured a duck race and duck squat, has raised over $275,000 for student scholarships over the past 18 years.

“The best part about this event is that every dollar raised goes to support scholarships for our students,” Schears said.


To accommodate not having a live duck race out at the farm, the evening featured a video of the duck race recorded a few days prior to the event. The duck squat was held on the W.S. Scott Auditorium stage.


Steve English, CEO of TCK – The Trust Company of Kansas, entertained the crowd as the emcee for the races.


Travis Guess was the winner of the winning duck race and the $1,000 cash prize. Curt Eaton was the winner of the duck squat and was awarded $500. There were also 24 door prize winners at the event, while Jan Hatfield and Jeremiah Johnson provided musical entertainment. Great Western Dining catered the dinner.


There were 766 ducks sold for the duck race.


Please look for the insert recognizing the sponsors in Friday’s Arkansas City Traveler and Winfield Courier newspapers.

Door prize winners:

  • Cowley County fly over provided by B Four Flying — Bryan McChesney
  • Basket of specialty food items provided by Dick and Dolly Bonfy — Richard and Nancy Tredway
  • Collectible coin set provided by CornerBank — Jim and Wilma Mitchell
  • Large maple or oak tree provided by Gottlob Lawn and Landscape — Heather Barker
  • $100 in Ark City Chamber Bucks – Bob and Reatha Juden
  • Double Hoop Basketball Game provided by Sears in Winfield — Rama Peroo
  • Bissell Cordless Sweeper provided by McDonald’s Vacuum & Used Books – Steve and Pam Archer
  • Personalized Street Sign provided by The City of Arkansas City – Devin and Robin Graves
  • Custom Painted Fire Hydrant provided by The City of Arkansas City and Rob Carroll’s Sandblasting and Painting – Jim and Sylvia Reed
  • Health & Wellness Basket provided by Anytime Fitness – Dennis and Tammy Strange
  • Two 30 minute massages at A Break from Reality provided by Tina Stewart — Josh and Rashelle Cobble
  • Two 30 minute massages at A Break from Reality provided by Rogers Family Dentistry – Roxanna James
  • Gift card to Luciano’s Restaurant provided by Elizabeth Thummel – Jeff and Gretchen Wacker
  • Gift card to Millington Place Eatery provided by Steve and Joyce McArtor – Robert and Carla Courtland
  • One hour massage certificate at Time Out for Wellness provided by Rogers Family Dentistry – Tad Stover
  • Set of Floor Liners for Any Vehicle provided by Winfield Consumer Products — Joe and Patty Neises
  • Two Cowley College Athletic Season Passes provided by the Cowley Athletic Department – Karl and Dorothy Faidley
  • $30 Quality Outdoor Design gift certificate provided by a Friend of the Endowment Association – Robert Milner
  • Wine basket provided by Union State Bank — Mike and Judi Groves
  • Wine gift basket provided by Judge Jim and Jan Pringle – Deuane and Virginia Wells
  • 30 minute massage at Time Out for Wellness provided by Deb Fry – Tami Norwood
  • 30 minute massage by Teri Warren provided by a Friend of the Endowment Association – Jay and Nancy Warren
  • $30 Junk Generation gift certificate provided by a Friend of the Endowment Association – Vicki Hamilton
  • Four tickets to Wichita Wingnuts baseball game provided by Cowley College – Judge Jim and Jan Pringle
  • Duck race $75 heat winners — Elite Advertising, Meg Smith, Judy Clark, Tom and Charlotte Schmidt.
  • Losers Race Winner — Chris and John Clemente


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