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Mayor Pinkham Proclaims Duck Race Day!

Duck-Race-ProclaimIt’s official. Saturday, May 4th is now officially “Duck Race Day” in Estes Park. Mayor Bill Pinkham and Town Trustees made it so by official proclamation at Tuesday night’s board meeting.

Mayor Pinkham presented the annual duck race proclamation to a flock of ducks from the Rotary Club of Estes Park, sponsor of the annual fundraiser for charity. Pinkham pointed out that the annual duck race raises over $100,000 for local charities and organizations. Rubber ducks are “adopted” for $20 each and dropped into Fall River at Nicky’s Resort. They float to town and are plucked from the river at the Wheel Bar in Riverside Plaza where hundreds gather every year to see which ducks are winners.

Marcia Logan, this year’s “Big Duck” (chair of the Rotary club’s Duck Race Committee), told the crowd, “I’d like to thank the mayor, and all the trustees and the town for supporting our duck race.” She also presented Pinkham and members of the town board with the official 25th anniversary button of the duck race, which, she explained, is a bit different this year. “Our official button this year is silver instead of yellow.”

Anyone can take part in the duck race by adopting a duck from any of the 63 participating organizations selling duck adoptions. Or they adopt one online at If this year’s race follows the pattern in recent years anyone adopting a duck has about a one-in-seven chance of winning a prize. The “big” prizes this year are all electronic- a Panasonic 47” HDTV, Apple iPad, Canon digital camera and much more! In addition, there will be Silver Eagle Coins as prizes to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Duck Race.

So adopt a duck, then come to Estes Park on Saturday, May 4th – the official “Duck Race Day” and enjoy the fun.

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