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Mountain Community Gathers as 3,800 Ducks Race Toward Lake Gregory

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2019 9:00 am

Hundreds of mountain residents joined their families and friends at Lake Gregory for a day of egg hunting and duck racing during the 11th annual Duck Derby.

The Derby was hosted by the Crestline/Lake Gregory Chamber of Commerce. Around 5,000 people attended the event. Plastic ducks race down toward Lake Gregory on a plastic sheet after being loaded into bins. The first ducks of the 3,800 ducks that raced to reach the water were the winners.

The winners of The Derby were Deedee Stroup, who took home the first place $1,000 prize, Louis Novins, who took home the second place $500 prize, and Tabitha Trimble, who took home the third place $250 prize. Tammy Elfasser won the races “lame duck” $100 prize for coming in last place.

Tickets for The Derby were sold at Goodwin’s Market, Lake Drive Hardware, Rim Bowling and Entertainment Center and Crest Forest Senior Thrift Store before the event and at the gate the day of.

The event ran from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and included several games and events for the public to enjoy. Duck decorating, pup races, face painting, an artisan fair and age-specific egg hunts among them.

“It was an amazing event this year, even better than last year and will continue to improve,” said Roxanna Crumley, Office Manager. “For next year, I am working well with all of our partners here on the mountain.”

Nina Trenchard, a 10-year Crestline resident, has been coming to the Duck Derby for 10 years and was happy to share her favorite part of the event.

“The face painting, the community coming together and the events they have every year,” Trenchard said. “I love living (in Crestline) for that reason.”

Trenchard brought her children, Haileyjames, 9, and Tristan, 5, to The Derby so they could enjoy the community event.

Scores of hungry derby attendees lined up for food from DeLiziosas Pupusas, JoJo’s Grill-a-Dog, Ivibe Coffee So Cal and Love “An Amaro Pizzeria” and children of all ages could be seen running up to the Easter bunny for a hug and photo.

Danielle Moore, a Crestline resident for eight years, also brought her family to The Derby.

“There is a lot of things to do for different age ranges.” Moore said as her daughter was painted by Face Painting by Tiffany. “My niece is 4 and my daughter is 5 and my boys are older so they can safely go do their own thing.”

The total amount of money raised from The Derby have not been finalized as of publication, but the proceeds for The Derby will go toward the Boys and Girls Club of the Mountain Communities, Rim of the World Recreation and Park District, Rim of World Comfort Pets, Inc., Rim of the World Education Foundation and Crestline’s annual Fourth of July Weekend fireworks show.

Christian Shepherd can be reached at

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