Duck Race Distribution Night Monday, February 25th
Sixty-three organizations can start selling duck adoption forms on February 26th after picking up packets of adoption forms and getting last minute instructions on how the annual Estes Park Duck Race works to benefit those organizations.
Duck adoption distribution night is February 25th in the Hondius Room of the Estes Valley Library at 5:00 p.m. Each participating organization is strongly encouraged to send a representative.
“It’s important for them to show up,” stresses Duck Committee member Don Widrig, “because if they don’t show up and are late in getting their packet of adoption forms, then they’re running behind the power curve on selling to people. They’re going to go out and start knocking on doors and discover the adoption forms have already been sold. They’re in competition with each other.”
The annual Estes Park Duck Race begins at Nicky’s Resort on Highway 34 around 11:30 a.m. on May 4th. Thousands of little yellow rubber ducks will drop into Fall River and float about two-miles to Riverside Plaza downtown where they are fished out of the river outside the Wheel Bar. Those who adopt one of those ducks have roughly a one-in-nine chance of winning a prize. And this year, some of those prizes are very special.
“Because this is our silver anniversary, we’ll have ten special Silver Eagle Coins given away as special prizes scattered throughout race day May 4th,” said Marcia “Big Duck” Logan, chair of the Duck Race Committee this year. “These are U.S government issued real silver dollars that rise and fall with the price of silver. Currently, they’re worth about $79 each. And we’re giving away ten of them in addition to the other prizes.”
For every duck adopted for $20, $19 goes back to the organization checked off on the adoption form. The other $1 is retained by the Rotary Club of Estes Park as seed money for the next year’s race.
“We really don’t make any money off the race,” explained Logan. “Our local Rotary Foundation is one of the 63 organizations taking part, but the club itself doesn’t get any income except for the one-dollar that is plowed right back into the budget for next year’s race.”
On May 4th, the Estes Park Duck Race hopes to have raised more than $2-million for local charities and non-profits over its long history.
“We’re shooting for more than 4,500 adoptions in order to reach that significant $2-million benchmark, but we really want to see a lot more adoptions than that,” said Logan. “Six years ago we had over 7,000 ducks adopted and the participating organizations are the ones who made that possible. It would be nice to top that figure this year.”
Even if someone is living in Leipzig, Germany, they can still adopt a duck.
“Absolutely could. The power of the Internet,” said Widrig. He said the duck adoption website, www.epduckrace.org , will be up and running the day after distribution night.
“There are several clubs that go out and hit the streets the next morning, so they are really on the ball with this thing,” said Widrig. “The online sales are primarily built to service people who are not local. So any participating organization which has friends, family, relatives, or other parts of their organization that are not local, they really should take advantage of the online system.”
It all begins Feb. 25th with duck adoption distribution night at the library.