ASCA 2022 Duck Racing Festival a Huge Success

Arroyo Seco, CA, May 1, 2022. Arroyo Seco Citizens Association (ASCA) today announced that more than 400 people attended the 2022 Duck race festival. The 2020 and 2021 festivals were canceled due to the COVID pandemic. The festival featured not only a beautiful river side venue, craft displays from local vendors and citizens as well as delicious barbecue meals & drinks but also two types of Duck races.

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2022 ASCA Duck Race Festival
Free Parking and Free Admission

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Manuel Gozzi, & Natalia Rivera

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Andrew Bricken, Jacob Burns, Kyle Kessler, & Gavin Miller

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Raphael Gabriel & Noor Benny

The most eagerly anticipated was the “Unlimited” Duck race which pitted 15 engineering student teams from Cabrillo College, Monterey Peninsula College and Hartnell College in an intense competition, as Teams have no limitations on their choice of advanced propulsion and steering technologies that they can insert into their 18” tall Inflated Ducks. 

 

1st place winners were MPC’s Aflack team (Manuel Gozzi, & Natalia Rivera), taking 2nd place Cabrillo’s Downstream Duck team (Andrew Bricken, Jacob Burns, Kyle Kessler, & Gavin Miller) took 2nd place and MPC’s Quackedup team (Raphael Gabriel & Noor Benny) took 3rd place. 

 

Valarie Klingelhoefer, ASCA President, noted that the three engineering professors (Hartnell’s Melissa Hornstein, PhD; Cabrillo’s Jo-Ann Panzardi, PhD & MPC’s Tom Rebold, PhD), who embraced supporting the event and motivated their students to participate as competitive teams in the “Unlimited Race”, all confirmed that their students loved the event, were highly pleased and motivated by the cash awards earned by the three winners, learned which engineering solutions worked the best and were already thinking of ways to improve the performance of their Racing ducks for next year. 

The more conventional Duck race which features hundreds of small rubber ducks floating downstream to the finish line, was won by James Moore (shown to the right) holding his winning duck and the envelope holding the $500 dollars awarded to the winner.

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James Moore

Every spring, prior to the 2020 and 2021 COVID lockdown years, the ASCA, a non-profit charitable organization, hosts an annual Duck Race/Festival as their main fund-raising event of the year with all profits devoted to college scholarships for local students, support for the local fire station and other Arroyo Seco community initiatives. This year’s event was held at the Coelho Ranch, about 15 miles west of Greenfield, CA. Much of the Festival was free to all attendees including mellow folk music from three highly regarded local bands, (The Dan Beck Band, Memory Lane & Tom Drake’s Blue Note Project) but, as this is a charity fund raiser, attendees purchased scrumptious barbecue meals, bottled water, soft drinks, craft beer and local wines. 

 

The 2023 ASCA Duck Race Festival will be on Saturday, April 29, 2023, and will include competitions in Darts and Horseshoes and rock and face painting for small children. Mark your 2023 calendars now!

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