W hether wading in the creek, scooping up ducks or just enjoying a fun-filled afternoon in the park, kids of all ages can participate in the Murphys Duck Races, part of Murphys Homecoming.

This year’s event will take place July 21 from about noon to 3 p.m. in Murphys Community Park.

Three different races will be held between 1 and 2:30 p.m. in Murphys Creek.

A Duckling Race will kick off at 1 p.m. Tickets to enter cost $3, and prizes include JoMa’s ice cream, Angels Theater movie tickets or a gift certificate to Murphys Toy Store.

A Quacker Race will begin at 1:30 p.m. Tickets cost $5, and winners can take home prizes including ice cream, movie tickets, or Starbucks coffee.

The finale, the Golden Goose Race, will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $10 tickets and prizes include golf at Greenhorn Creek, fine dining at the Murphys Hotel, a gift from Quyle Kilns, and a flat-screen TV.

After each “heat,” kids help corral and collect the hundreds of rubber duckies that have been floating downstream.

To make the races fair for everyone, winners are randomly selected from among all “duck purchasers” during the race. Tickets are available at select times in front of Sierra Hills Market or online at calaverasmentoring.org.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Calaveras Mentoring Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for youth mentoring in Calaveras County.

The program is currently seeking mentors for girls and boys throughout Calaveras County. Anyone interested in learning more about the Mentoring Program can go online to calaverasmentoring.org, or call Katie Lackler at (209) 736-6078.