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Duck Race Sponsors Presented Ducks

The 19 major sponsors of the 20th annual Estes Park Duck Race were presented with their own personalized rubber duck in Riverside Plaza last Friday. The art class at Estes Park High School painted each of the ducks so they stand out when they float into Riverside Plaza on race day. The “sponsor ducks” will be the first ducks in the river on May 3rd. They float to town on a shorter course than the estimated 7,000 little ducks that will be dropped into Fall River at Nicky’s Resort on race day.

“We could not do this race without the help and support of these major sponsors,” said Gary “Big Duck” Hazelton, the chairman of this year’s race. “Every year the business community in this town steps up to the plate and hits a home run by being major sponsors, offering prizes, and adopting ducks. We are truly blessed.”

The major sponsors in this year race are the Bank of Colorado, UPS, Holiday Inn, Saint Malo Catholic Retreat and Conference Center, Insurance Associates of Estes, Inc., LBN Insurance, OfficeScapes, Partners Mentoring Youth, Boulder Valley Credit Union, Mountaintop Physical Therapy, Caring Hands, Inc., Shakes Alive! Fruit Shakes, Cheley Camps, Mary’s Lake Lodge, Wonderful Things, Estes Park Vacationland, Estes Park Pet Supply, YMCA of the Rockies, and the Stanley Hotel. The media sponsors for the race are Estes Park Live! – KEPL 1470 AM Radio, the Estes Park News, EPTV Channel 8, and the

Estes Park Trail Gazette.

Hazelton said duck adoption forms are still being sold all over town by the 69 participating charities and organizations that benefit from the duck race.

“You can adopt a duck for $20 and, if things go like they have in years past, you’ll have about a one in ten chance of winning a prize,” explained Hazelton. “And there are two major prizes this year that are worth every penny of that $20.” They are seven nights in Maui including roundtrip airfare from Denver including taxes, hotel accommodations, and a compact car; and a seven day cruise of the Caribbean that includes roundtrip airfare and taxes from Denver to the embarkation point.

“Get a duck in the race and thank our sponsors when you visit their businesses,” urged Hazelton. “Without them, it would be impossible.”

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