Del Mar Rotary Club to hold third annual Chili and Quackers Challenge

By Emily Figueiredo

Publicity Chair for the Rotary Club of Del Mar

What do ducks, chili, face painting, the ocean, prizes and charity have in common? The third annual Chili and Quackers Challenge, of course! The Del Mar Rotary Club is at it again, hoping to raise over $20,000 for local and international charitable efforts. This event is one of the most unique and fun events you can attend with the whole family!

Join in on the fun on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3-6 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar. There is no fee to come have a good time, soak up the sun and participate in family activities like face painting donated by Pinky’s Big Top Circus and wild hair designs by Vickie Lavanty Hair Salon. Plus, there will be a fabulous chili cook-off with some of the most creative and delicious stews around. From Foxy Turkey Chili to vegetarian delights or buffalo meat concoctions, you will want to taste these chili entries from individuals and local restaurants. For the adults, a beer and wine garden will be roped off for sipping and socializing along the beautiful Del Mar coastline.

Perhaps the most exciting portion of the Chili and Quackers Challenge is the Ducky Derby! Over 2,000 rubber ducks will ride the waves and be captured up by the Del Mar Lifeguards in a buoyed area of the ocean. The first “quackers” to swim to shore will win a prize for their owner. Prizes include a state of the art flat screen television, iPods, the ever popular iPad, a gift certificate for Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa and more.

Also, Rob Machado, local legend pro surfer, has signed a surfboard for the event! A Hurley Stacey board shaped by father and son team Bob and Jeff Hurley was signed by Rob Machado specifically for this event and the Del Mar Rotary Club’s charitable efforts. Rob is one of the best-known surfers in the world today. “Mr. Smoothy” has won many of pro surfing’s most prestigious competitions including Hawaii’s Pipeline Masters (Triple Crown of Surfing), the U.S. Open of Surfing, and the Monster Energy Pro on Oahu’s North Shore. His custom shaped and signed surfboard could be yours!

To bid on the surfboard, please email or for more information on the event, please check out! Make sure to join the fun on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 3-6 p.m. at Powerhouse Park in Del Mar!