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TPWD News Release — Feb. 18, 2010

McKinney Falls State Park Holds 1st Annual Duck Dash Feb. 20

AUSTIN — The Friends of McKinney Falls present the first annual McKinney Falls Duck Dash on Feb. 20, when visitors will send hundreds of rubber ducks over the falls for a chance to win prizes, with proceeds from the event to support the park.

The event will work like a raffle. Participants will buy rubber ducks instead of raffle tickets, and they will be let loose at the upper falls on Onion Creek at McKinney Falls State Park in southeast Austin. The duck that goes over the falls first wins.

Prizes include gift certificates to stores such as Academy’s Sports and Outdoors, Esther’s Follies and Callahan’s General Store. Participants will also have the chance to win a coupon for a free night at the La Quinta Inn in Cedar Park and a 10-inch Texas Star wall plaque.

The Friends of McKinney Falls are holding the Duck Dash to help support their efforts at McKinney Falls State Park. The group was founded in 2006 by a group of park regulars dedicated to the preservation and support of the park. Other events sponsored by the group include native garden and pond restoration, Jr. Ranger Day Camp, nature hikes and summer concert and movie nights.

Each duck costs $5 and the Duck Dash starts at 12 p.m. Participants should arrive by 11:30 a.m. to buy ducks and get ready for the big event.

Information about McKinney Falls State Park, including operating hours, fees and facilities, plus maps and directions to the park, are on the TPWD Web site. Visitors can also watch a short video online about the park, showing the waterfalls, trails, swimming, fishing and other opportunities.


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