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The Petal Excel By 5 Coalition continues to raise money for a community development project that will benefit the youngest members of “The Friendly City”. According to Valerie Wilson of the Petal Chamber of Commerce and member of the coalition’s economic development subcommittee, a proposed Infant/Toddler Playground is planned for Hinton Park. “The playground, which will be located close to the existing playground, will cater to children ages 6 months to 3 years old,” said Wilson.


The City of Petal is offering support for the project with the donation of space in the park and a commitment to maintain the facility. “The playground itself will be paid for with donations, grants and fundraisers,” according to Leahne Lightsey, coalition member and fundraising coordinator for the project.

Petal Infant Toddler Playground
Petal Infant Toddler Playground
Petal Infant Toddler Playground
Petal Infant Toddler Playground

In 2023, the 5th Annual Great American Duck Derby will be held in August (TBA) at Grand Paradise Waterpark in Collins, MS. Nearly 3,000 ducks will "race" around the lazy river where the top three ducks will cross the finish line. First place winner will receive $2,000 cash, 2nd place will win $1,000 cash and third place will win $500. Petal Excel By 5 wishes to thank it's sponsors, Verge Entrance Solutions, Carter's Jewelry of Petal and R and R Building & Development, LLC for underwriting this year's event. Thanks to the Petal Excel By 5 coalition members who volunteer to sell "duck adoption papers" and to everyone who continues to support this great cause. Over $80,000 has been raised as seed money to apply for grants to fund the project.

Several Petal businesses will be selling duck adoptions, leading up to the race.  The participating businesses include: Grand Central Outfitters, Petal School District Central Office, The Coleman Center for Families and Children, Mimi’s Playhouse, the Petal Area Chamber of Commerce Office. Just look for the yellow inflated duck or bright yellow signs in front of the businesses.  For more information contact Leahne Lightsey at 601-545-3002 or email at Online adoptions can be made here: or by visiting


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