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Classic Summer Event Returns To Community July 2

By Staff | Jun 24, 2010

Summertime is filled with events that become traditional, such as the 4th of July, the county fair and of course, the annual Lucky Ducky Race on the Des Moines River. Once again, the Emmetsburg Lions Club will be sponsoring this annual rite of summer on Friday, July 2, starting at 2 p.m.

The premise of the event is so simple, it can’t help but be fun!

Emmetsburg Lions Club members are selling rubber ducks, each with a specific number. At 2 p.m. on July 2, the ducks will be delivered, en-masse, into the Des Moines River at the Rendering Works Bridge. Then, time and the river current take over.

The ducks begin a journey of a mile and a half southward to the Burns Bridge, where the first three ducks to cross under the bridge are declared the winners. The first place duck wins his owner a $200 cash prize, while second place will earn $100 and the third place duck receives $50.

To make sure that no back-water denizens or predators interfere with the duckies on their way down the river, members of the Lions Club escort the ducks on their journey, using kayaks and a john boat. The escort service, as it is, will rescue ducks from tree snags and herd them back into the main current.

In the 2009 Lucky Ducky Race, the escorts managed to ward off problems, as residents of the Eagles’ nest were giving the ducks the dinner-eye as they floated underneath.

However, three duckies did disppear into the depths of the river, possibly serving as stuffing for snapping turles or other lurking river creatures.

The proceeds from the annual Ducky Race are used by the Lions Club to support scholarships as well as its eyeglass program in developing countries. Currently, any Lions Club member can sell you a duck so you can be a part of the fun on July 2.

Once you have your duck, come out and enjoy the fun at the launching and the recovery of the ducks, starting at 2 p.m. at the Rendering Works Bridge and ending at the Burns Bridge.