Lucky duck receives $1,000 from chamber

One lucky duck awarded $1000 by Greater Minden Chamber

By Paige Nash

Downtown Minden was the place to be this past Friday evening, August 5. The Greater Minden Chamber partnered with Webster Parish Tourism to host their 4th Annual Duck Derby Extravaganza at Miller Quarters. The event included food trucks, vendors, bounce houses, music by a live DJ, a dunk tank, face painting and ducks galore.  

“The Chamber Board of Directors and I feel that the event was very successful. We had a great turn out from the community, as well as the vendors who signed up to participate. We decided to utilize our newly built Miller Quarters Park, and think the location turned out perfect. Webster Parish Tourism is a great community partner and made sure that we had everything we needed at the park,” said Greater Minden Chamber President, Stephanie Barnett. 

They sold over 1200 ducks, which were split up into four heats. The top ten from each heat went on to compete in the championship race where they battled it out down the track. 

First place went to Paige Woodard who was awarded $1000, Bennie Wood’s duck finished second winning $500. Rounding out the top three was Hugh and Lucia Wood who took home $250. 

The contributions of the Greater Minden Chamber Board of Directors and Event Committee, the sponsors, community partners and participants ensured the success of the event.  

“I would be remiss if I didn’t give a shout-out to our Minden Fire Department. They came out to help us set up our course, and then were with us as we ran our races. We appreciate their help each year. Congratulations to our duck race winners, thank you to our sponsors, and we hope the community will join us next year for our 5th Annual Duck Derby Extravaganza. We already have plans to make it even bigger and better,” said Barnett. 

The event was sponsored by Mike’s Hometown Spirits, Minden Family Dental, Living Word Minden, Durrett Law & Title, Visit Webster Parish, Fibrebond, D&T Inflatables LLC, B1 Bank and Jeanne Martin with State Farm Insurance. All proceeds will benefit Greater Minden Chamber future community projects.

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