Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette 2018 Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Pageant Princess Ella Robinson, left, and Queen Madison Duvall wrangle the ducks as they cross the finish line during the Ducking Hunger Regatta.

Matt Lasley | GC News-Gazette

2018 Twin Lakes Fiddle Festival Pageant Princess Ella Robinson, left, and Queen Madison Duvall wrangle the ducks as they cross the finish line during the Ducking Hunger Regatta.

Thanks to donations to the third annual Ducking Hunger Regatta, the Grayson County Alliance will be able to provide 16,000 meals to community members in need.

Grayson County Alliance Director Debbie Childress announced at the regatta, held at Leitchfield Aquatic Center Monday night, that 1,250 rubber ducks had been purchased to "race" through the center's lazy river.

Ducks were sold for $5 each, and the individual whose duck won first place, Sue Whobrey, was awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

The second and third place ducks, purchased by Angela Payton and Jackie Stevenson respectively, earned free family passes to Leitchfield Aquatic Center.

In addition to the individual ducks, businesses were able to sponsor larger ducks for a $50 donation. This year's regatta saw 58 business sponsorships, an increase of 20 from last year's event, Childress said.

Businesses that did so also had the opportunity to participate in a "duckoration" contest, and the winning decorated duck earned its business bragging rights and a travelling trophy to display for one year.

This year's duckoration contest winner was BeeHive Homes, an assisted living facility in Leitchfield.

After the prizes were awarded, Childress said the Alliance is estimated to receive around $7,500 in proceeds to help fight hunger in Grayson County.

"It was a lot of fun and a great way to talk about a tough subject," said Childress of the regatta.

One in six Grayson County residents goes hungry currently, and, just last month, the Grayson County Alliance, a nonprofit organization that, among other initiatives, operates the Grayson County Food Pantry, saw 58 new clients in need of assistance with food, according to Childress.

On average, the Alliance serves about 25 clients per month.

Childress attributes the increase in individuals served by the Alliance to team members' efforts to get out and talk about the issue of hunger in Grayson County, as well as their work with first responders and teachers to ensure the needs of more people are met.

For more information about the Grayson County Alliance and how to assist with its efforts, visit www.gc-alliance.com, email info@gc-alliance.com, or call 270-259-4000.