More prizes, support and ducks are being offered this year, say organizers.

More prizes, support and ducks are being offered this year, say organizers.

"We are definitely much more organized this year," said Carol Davis, public relations coordinator for the event. "We're getting more support from the community even though we're in a recession."

Davis said this year's goal is to raise at least as much as last year's inaugural event, which she said netted between $40,000 and $50,000.

According to Davis, there are five grand prizes and a total of 70 prizes, valued at $9,000, to be awarded. The number of ducks open for adoption this year is 4,000. Last year's race sold around 3,000 ducks.

Participants release the ducks into Ashland Creek near the band shell, and the ducks float down the creek to the finish line in the wading pool below the playground.

The reason for the race is to keep open the SOU pool, which costs $100,000 a year to maintain, Davis said.

— Ashland Daily Tidings