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Duck derby highlights Bayport Derby Days Saturday

           BAYPORT — Animals both plastic and real and the chance to win $500 highlight Bayport’s annual Derby Days festival Saturday.

The daylong celebration starts with an 8 a.m. pancake breakfast and ends with fireworks at 8:30 p.m. at Lakeside Park. In between, there is the medallion hunt for a $500 prize, the popular duck derby at noon in the Perro Park creek; the pet parade at Perro Park; the “Taste of Bayport” and an ice cream social, both at Lakeside Park, and other activities for children and adults throughout the day.

The first two medallion hunt clues appear in today’s and Friday’s editions of the Gazette and will be posted hourly Saturday at the Hesley Jensen American Legion Post No. 491 in Bayport. Happy hunting all you medallion seekers.


Derby Days schedule


8 – 10 a.m. Breakfast In Bayport: The Hesley Jensen American Legion Post No. 491 offers a delicious breakfast to start your “Derby Days” activities. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under.

10 a.m. – ??? Medallion Hunt: Haven’t got a clue to what it’s all about? Then get your clues at the Legion post every hour, on the hour, that send you on an expedition in Bayport in search of the elusive “Derby Days” medallion. There’s a $500 cash prize for the treasure hunter who’s fortunate enough to find it.

Noon – 1 p.m. Duck Derby: This is what “Derby Days” is about. Buy a rubber duck and watch it “streak the creek” by the Perro Park skating rink. Duck numbers are on sale now at Woody’s Bar and Grill, The Bayport Legion, Bread Art and at Perro Park the day of the race. Cash prizes for the top 3 “lucky ducks” in the final heat.

1  – 2 p.m. Pet Parade: Open to pets of all species, shapes and sizes. The theme is “Big Top Bayport” the parade takes place at the Perro Park hockey rink on Minnesota 95 in Bayport immediately following the “Duck Derby.” Registration starts at 12:30 at the Perro Park hockey rink.

2  – 5 p.m. The Taste Of Bayport: Enjoy the very best of Bayport’s eating establishments all on one plate. “Taste” tickets are available at Lakeside Park beginning at 1:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children’s meals.

4 – 9:00 p.m. Music In The Park: Back again by popular demand, “Jus’ Two” and the “Express Band” provide a harmonious blend of classic rock and easy listening throughout the evening at Lakeside Park. Go ahead and dance if you want too.

5 – 6:30 p.m. Let the games begin: Don’t miss the chance to compete in all the fun activities for kids and adults at Lakeside Park by the river.

7 – 8 p.m. Ice Cream Social: You’re staying for the food, fun and music, so stay a little longer for an old-fashioned ice cream social at the Lakeside Park Beach House. Ice cream cups and a “topping bar” are available.

8:30 p.m. Fireworks: Finish the day with a “bang” at Lakeside Park. Bayport “Derby Days” is famous for its spectacular fireworks display and this year will not disappoint.

All event proceeds support events and activities sponsored by The Bayport Community Action League. Visit their website at