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This year’s Earth Day Celebration at WKCTC will take place on April 28 from 11 am to 5 pm near the college’s Haws Gym.

“We invite everyone to campus for crafts, a cooking demonstration, an obstacle course, a ‘life-sized Operation Game,’ and more!” said Bobby Lee, WKCTC Sustainability Project coordinator and biology professor. “We will have numerous learning opportunities including exhibits about hybrid vehicles, bee hives, animal conservation, Kentucky bats and marine chemistry. There will be fun, games and contests for kids.”

“WKCTC faculty, staff, and students and Earth-friendly community groups such as Watershed Watch, Land Between the Lakes and Clarks River Wildlife Refuge will be help make the event a day to remember. This is an opportunity to learn more about what is going on locally and simply meet and enjoy life on Earth,” said Lee.

The day’s cooking demonstration begins at 11:30 am. Local bands will begin playing at 1pm. Come out and listen to The Legendary Jack Martin & Good Company, The Melungeons, Art Thieves and Barely Blue.

The college will also have a booth to collect new children’s sneakers for the Scholar House, which is located near the WKCTC campus.

WKCTC’s Kitchens Café will be the food vendor for the day.

If it rains, the activities will be moved into Haws Gym.

Earth Day, which began in 1970, is celebrated annually in April with events worldwide in support of the environment and to raise awareness for the environmental protection and care of the planet. Like WKCTC, many communities’ Earth Day celebrations are part of Earth Week, an entire week of activities.

Other Earth Day events on campus include:

Shawnee National Forest Bell Smith Spring Field Trip (weather permitting)

April 22
10:00 am -2:00 pm
Contact Bobby Lee for details 270.534.3237

Solar Energy Power Source in Use (weather permitting)

April 21
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Photovoltaic Equipment on display at the ETC
Don’t miss a chance to get a close up look at how solar panels operate! For more information contact David Franklin at 270.534.3422

Household Products Homemade

April 21
10:00 - 11:00 am - ETC
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm - Clemens Student Center
Learn will show how to make non-toxic household cleaners and homemade laundry detergent from household ingredients. Swing by and learn how for under $10.00 you can make 10 gallons of laundry soap!

Go GREEN on WKCTC Facebook Page

April 22
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Post ideas on ways to be green on campus and in everyday life!

WKCTC and the City of Paducah are sponsoring the April 28 Earth Week Celebration. For more information, contact Bobby Lee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 270.534.3237.

This year’s Paducky Derby is being held at 3pm on April 21 on Noble Park Pond. Now these aren’t real ducks of course, they are “rubber duckies” - and they are a sight to see! So, what are you waiting for - sponsor a racing duck, help a local non-profit, and win a money prize!

Each duck adopted will go directly to saving, building and changing the lives of those affected by domestic violence. Last year’s event raised over $46,000 and over 8,000 ducks were sold. Organizers are working hard to get 10K ducks adopted this year.

The day of the event hundreds of people came to watch Paducah Power use three different trucks to dump the ducks into the pond at Noble Park.

“The PaDucky Derby has become a favorite of our community,” said Mary Foley, Executive Director of the Merryman House. “It is such a great way to help support victims of domestic violence, while also bringing the community together around this fun event. This year, we hope to raise more than ever to support our ever-growing organization. We hope folks will consider adopting a single duck for 5 bucks or a flock for 50.00! There is a place for everyone.”

All proceeds from the Paducky Derby will benefit the Merryman House, a non-profit organization which offers both residency and outreach services to meet the needs of victims of intimate partner abuse and their dependents as they strive to live free of violence in their home. The Merryman House has become a comprehensive advocacy and support center that is devoted to addressing the comprehensive needs of survivors.


Everyone who adopts a duck, whether online, in the mail, at a Paducky Derby booth or in a sponsoring business, is entered into what they call E-Quack - a database that stores all of the information.

Tag numbers are automatically and randomly assigned. Organizers want to make sure that no duck is taking steroids and the race is not fixed, so to ensure the integrity of the race, tag numbers are never given out. Rest assured, however, that all of the ducks you have adopted will be in the water.

If all the ducks have not been adopted by Derby Day, it means that a lucky adopter can still adopt up to an hour prior to the Derby. Their names will be placed at random into the mix, next to a number that does not already have a name by it. Anyone can adopt until an hour before the race begins, as long as the Derby is not sold out.

Pick up a Quack Pack!

Ducks are now officially available for adoption online. There is also a Quack Pack of six ducks for $25 or Flock of Ducks for $50 that includes 12 ducks. Ducks can be purchased at the “Paducky Derby” Facebook Page, as well as the Paducky Derby website at duckrace.com/paducah, or at upcoming duck adoption venues.

Ducks will be sold at Kentucky Oaks Mall from 10 am – 6 pm on March 24 and April 7. They will also be selling ducks at the Expo Center during Quilt Week on April 18-20.

The grand prize is $1000 and $500 for second. This year is the first year for a team prize. If you are one of the winners, the Merryman House will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption. You do not need to be present to win, but, seriously, why would you want to miss this?

The Paducky Derby is open to the public. For more information, please contact the Merryman House by emailing janet@merrymanhouse.org or calling 270.443.6001.

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