Volunteers spent Thursday afternoon preparing thousands of yellow rubber ducks for Sunday's race. Nearly 50 volunteers and staff filled the Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria.
Each duck was tagged with a number and made ready to launch. The ducks come from races throughout the country. It usually takes a few hours to finish the job. However, executive director Martha Herm said it was tougher this year due to a higher number of ducks.
"The most we've ever sold is 20,000. But we're already there. So we had to order 5,000 more. People are so generous. We're thrilled. So it's going to take a long time to put little stickers on 25,000 ducks," Herm said.
The 24th Annual Duck Race kicks off Sunday at 3.p.m. at the marina in front of Joe's Crab Shack in Peoria. If you'd like to purchase a duck, visit duckrace.com/peoria.