Mayor Proclaims May 1st Official Duck Race Day
When Estes Park Mayor Bill Pinkham issued the proclamation this week naming May 1, 2010 as Duck Race Day, he was doing more than setting aside a day for the 22nd annual Rotary Club fund raising Duck Race. He was also recognizing the largest general charitable fundraiser in the Estes Valley.
The Duck Race, in which rubber ducks are “adopted” for $20 and then sent racing down the Fall River, has, by 2009, raised $1,582,000 to benefit Estes Park. Run with a precision that would benefit a large corporation, the Duck Race operates out of Duck Central, across from the Safeway parking lot. Manned by Rotarians with computer training, Duck Central is a clearing house where duck adoption forms are sold, received and entered. Starter ducks, awarded for contributions of $100 or more, have been decorated by high school students and are on display there.
In addition to those buying starter ducks, this year 18 major sponsors have contributed $500 or more to the race. Major prizes to the “parents” of the fastest ducks include a Samsung 46″ LED TV, an HP laptop, a Nikon Digital Camera, a Sony Electronic Book Reader, a Garmin GPS System, a Nikon CoolPix Digital Camera, a LiveScribe recording Smart Pen and Nikon binoculars. In addition, local merchants donate prizes. There were 800 last year with 500 already having been donated for 2010.
Sixty-seven groups and charities stand to benefit from the race. Of the $20 adoption fee, $19 goes to the benefiting organizations.
Duck Central hours are noon to five p.m. Monday through Friday through April 30. The phone number is 970-480-5002. In addition to Duck Central and members of sponsoring groups, adoption forms may also be purchased at Nicky’s Restaurant and the Estes Park Visitors’ Center.Mayor Protem Chuck Levine presented the proclamation to Quiltin and some of the Duck Race committee members including this year’s “Big Duck” Tom Anderson.