2019 ASCA Duck Race Festival a Great Success


Arroyo Seco, CA, April 29, 2019.  Arroyo Seco Citizens Association (ASCA) today announced a crowd estimated at about 500 assembled at the Arroyo Seco River (a portion of the beach shown below) on Saturday, April 27th,  watched and cheered the “unlimited” and conventional duck races, consumed the barbecued sausages, chicken, beans, corn on the cob meals, local wines and craft beer, listened to live music from three highly talented local bands, competed in horse shoes and darts, had their faces painted by local artists and swam in the beautiful Arroyo Seco River.  It was a fabulous success, noted Valarie Brown-Klingelhoefer, Ph.D, President of Arroyo Seco Citizen’s Association (ASCA), a 501 (3) (c) non-profit, charitable corporation devoted to supporting the local fire station and providing grants to local college students to assist in their education.

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Duck Race:  Mike Franscioni, whose $10 duck creatively rode the currents to a photo finish over some of the other 780 competing ducks said, “This was the best $10 dollars charitable contribution he ever made”.  The 2nd to 10th place finishers also received cash awards in excess of $100.


“Unlimited” Duck Race:  The “Unlimited” Duck race pitted 12 teams of engineering or physics students from Cabrillo College and Hartnell College in an intense competition, with 18” tall rubber ducks in which they have inserted creative propulsion and steering systems in a race down…and up…. Arroyo Seco River.  To appreciate the difficulty of the race course, see:  Duck Race Course 


The winners of the hotly contested “unlimited” race were the Quacks from Cabrillo College (Isaac Soria, Andrew Stavrenos, Daniel Ceideburg, Adam Rammaha & Edwin Navarro) shown with their winning Racing Duck and holding the famous ASCA “unlimited” Duck race Trophy which is held for one year but must be defended on April 25, 2020, the date of next years ASCA event. In addition, this winning team received a $1000 cash award for their superior effort against formidable competition.


“I suggest everyone mark their calendars now”, said Dr. Klingelhoefer, “as this trophy is as revered by College engineering students as the Heisman trophy is by College football athletes and the competition next year will surely be even more intense.”

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Start of the duck Race

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Heading through the rapids


Cabrillo College teams


Hartnell College teams


Food and drink service begins.

Music: Mellow folk and western music were provided throughout the day by three highly regarded local bands: (Cruz Control from Santa Cruz; Los Vaqueros Hunting Club Traveling Band from King City and Dave Beck Band from Salinas)

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Face painting of adults and children.


Darts competition