Duck Dash: Seward Rotary hosts ever-popular rubber duckie race

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The Seward Rotary Club has a reputation as a club whose members like to have fun. So, when it comes to fund raising, they put the “F-U-N” in “fund.” On Aug. 16, just after the Seward Silver Salmon Derby ends, club members will toss 1,000 bright-yellow rubber ducks in the Lowell Creek Waterfall to see which duck will get to the tidewater finish line first.

Volunteers help collect racing rubber duckies as they reach the tidewater finish line. This years race is set for Aug. 16.

Volunteers help collect racing rubber duckies as they reach the tidewater finish line. This years race is set for Aug. 16.

This is the Club’s fourth annual Duck Race. Each year, hundreds of participants watch to see if their duck, or ducks, will get through the treacherous waterfall, travel under the bridge and make it to the finish line where club members wait with nets to catch the winners.

Viewers line the road and beachfront watching with anticipation. Once in awhile a Rotarian even tries to join the ducks in the race, but clad in floatation devices, they generally bob right up and get back to the job of netting the real racers.

This year’s race includes seven cash prizes: first place is worth $1,500, and second earns you $500. A $100 prize is awarded to those whose ducks finish the line in third through seventh place.

Participants can buy as many ducks to race as they would like for $10 each. Tickets can be purchased at Urbach’s Clothing Store downtown, Sailing, Inc., at the Boat Harbor or the Seward Chamber of Commerce Derby booth or main office. Winners will be announced at the Silver Salmon Derby Awards Community Barbecue at the Branson pavilion, held later the same day.

The Seward Rotary Club has served the community of Seward for more than 30 years. The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Coats for Kids Program, Local Youth and Literacy programs, Thanksgiving Baskets and much more.

For more information about the Seward Rotary Club, call (907) 224-3160 or look for the Seward Rotary Club on Facebook and send a message.

See you at the Duck Race on Aug. 16 – don’t forget to buy your tickets!

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