St. Mary\u2019s \u2013 St. Michaels Elementary \/Middle School in Derby will host its ninth annual Housy Duck Race on June 24. The school will host the event on Derby Day, June 24, from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. The ducks will be released at the Derby-Shelton Bridge at 2 p.m. Principle Linda Coppola commented on the annual race. \u201cThe Housy Duck Race is the last major fundraiser of the school year for St. Mary - St. Michael School,\u201d said Coppola. \u201cWhat makes it so special is that the Duck Race is part of Derby Day, a community event. \u00a0We invite families to come to the Derby - Shelton Bridge at 2 p.m. on June 24 to watch as the ducks are tossed into the river by a pay-loader.\u201d Each small plastic duck costs $5 per ticket, coinciding with a number on the duck. The first 65 ducks to cross the finish line will provide an award to 65 winners with 65 great prizes, including a grand prize of $1,000. Tickets can be purchased at various locations around Derby and neighboring towns, including Walmart and during St. Mary\u2019s masses. Along with the duck race, the school is hosting a duck-decorating contest. \u00a0Larger rubber ducks are available to purchase for decorating, costing only $10. The Valley Arts Council will judge the dandy ducks at 12 noon.