The ducks are racing again! The Friends of the Foundation of CHRISTUS St. Michael Foundation will present The Great Texarkana Duck Race on this Saturday, Aug. 18 at Holiday Springs Water Park, 5501 Crossroads Parkway, Texarkana, Ark. The Duck Race will benefit 3D mammography services at the CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center.

As in previous years, rubber ducks “adopted” by community supporters will race for prizes including a 2018 Kia Forte LX. The ducks will splish and splash in the chilly waters of the “River Rapids” Lazy River at Holiday Springs Water Park, “racing” their way around the river at 10 a.m. with winners for five prizes announced after the race. The first duck to cross the finish line will win the top duck prize, the 2018 Kia Forte LX from Classic Kia. Second place prize is a $1,000 gift card from Dillard’s. Third place prize is a $1,000 gift certificate from Holiday Cleaners; fourth place prize is a $500 gift card from Super 1 Foods; fifth place prize is 65 Tundra Yeti Cooler from Ledwell Machinery.

Monkey Island and Splash Mountain Texarkana will be open from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. for family fun activities on race day.

Amy Poe
Amy Poe

Ducks can be adopted for a donation of $5 each, or you can adopt five ducks and receive a sixth duck free for a donation of $25. Adoptions will be available online at  until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17, or by calling Duck Central at (903)614-7223 until 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17. Duck adoption papers can be obtained at Duck Central, CHRISTUS St. Michael Health System, 2600 St. Michael Drive, Texarkana, Texas.

Admission into the Duck Race at Holiday Springs Water Park will be free with the adoption of one duck ($5 per person) from 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. One minor (per duck adopted) will be admitted to the event when accompanied by an adult who adopted a duck. All persons must exit the park by 10:45 a.m. Only 3,000 will be admitted, first come, first serve basis.

Proceeds from previous Duck Races have helped to build the Pediatric Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) of CHRISTUS St. Michael, benefited area cancer patients, purchased a patient transport van, and more.

This year’s race, benefiting mammography services, will have a huge impact on breast health care for the Texarkana, Atlanta and Cass County regions. Three-dimensional (3-D) mammography (also known as breast tomosynthesis), provides radiologists with another tool to screen and diagnose breast cancer. This additional expansion of technology made possible by the community’s generous support adds to the advanced technology only available at CHRISTUS St. Michael Imaging Center. The facility is the Texarkana region’s only Breast Imaging Center of Excellence by the American College of Radiology (ACR).

For more information or to obtain an entry form, call Duck Central at (903) 614-7223.



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