January 27, 2013
BET THE DUCKS RUN FASTER IN WASHINGTON...:
Avoca Quack-Off still draws crowds by the busload (ALGIS J. LAUKAITIS, 1/21/13, Lincoln Journal Star)
Posted by Orrin Judd at January 27, 2013 7:50 PMThirty-three years ago, two guys sat in an Avoca bar and had an argument something like this:"My duck's faster than yours!""Oh, yeah!""Prove it!"As happens with arguments that start in bars, the men hauled their ducks to a farm pond and raced. Who won isn't important.What matters is that race evolved into the Avoca Quack-Off, one of Nebraska's quirkiest -- or quackiest -- winter events.Last year, more than 1,000 people came to watch and compete in duck races. Avoca, population 240, is about 32 miles east of Lincoln."It's just a heckuva lot of fun," said David Seay, who has lived in Avoca since 1990.