DEL MAR — Family fun, fiery food and a flock of featherless fowl will highlight the fifth annual Chili & Quackers Challenge from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 in front of Powerhouse Park.
The free event, hosted by the Rotary Club of Del Mar, will feature a rubber ducky derby and chili cook-off.
The cost to “adopt” a duck is $10 for a single quack, $25 for a quackers trio, $40 for a six quack, $80 for a quackers dozen and $100 for a flock of 20.
The owner of the first duck to swim ashore wins $1,000. The second-place prize is $500, and five runners up will take home $100 each.
The cost to enter the chili contest is $50 for restaurants and $30 for individuals. Firefighters may enter for free.
Chili tastes are $1 each, with tickets available in $5 increments. Samplers will vote for their favorite.
Del Mar lifeguards will unload the quackers into the ocean about halfway into the event. All ducks are netted, accounted for and reused annually.
The event will also include a raffle, children’s activities and a beer and wine garden. It raises approximately $18,000 annually. Proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Del Mar’s efforts to support local and international service projects such as beach cleanups and sending doctors and dentists to Baja.
Founded in 1954, the Rotary Club of Del Mar currently has more than 70 active members and is one of 32,000 clubs worldwide. The group meets Thursdays at noon at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.
For more information or to join, email firstname.lastname@example.org, visit delmarrotary.org or call (858) 354-8102.