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Lucky Ducky Races

By Staff | May 27, 2009

Members of Emmetsburg Lions Club are getting ready for the fourth annual Lucky Ducky Races. The race down the river is Friday, July 3.

The Lions are selling tickets for 150 ducks. This is one of two fund raisers the organization conducts during the year.

“We use the money to help purchase hearing aids and glasses for people who need assistance,” said Steve Heldt, project chair. “Through Lions, hearing aids are retrofitted and old eye glasses are taken to third world countries.”

Tickets are available now until the day before the Lucky Ducky Races. Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place ticket holders.

The ducks are launched from the bridge over the West Fork of the Des Moines River and collected a mile and a half downstream.

The race will start about 1:30 p.m. on July 3. It takes from half hour to one hour for the ducks to float downstream, depending on the flow of the current.

Lions Club members in kayaks will be on the river to keep the ducks from getting stuck in tree stumps along the river banks. But try as they may, some ducks don’t make it to the finish line.

Just recently some lost ducks were returned from last years race. Five rubber ducks were found this spring. Heldt estimates that 10-percent of the ducks are MIAs (missing in action).

“This is a kickoff to the Fourth of July weekend,” said Heldt. “We encourage people to get their Lucky Ducky tickets now so you’ll be ready when the trumpets sound to start the race. Just contact any Lions Club member.”

For more information, contact Steve Heldt at Emmetsburg City Hall.