It was another successful Kiwanis Duck Race Friday after the rodeo parade and Sheridan Media's Judy Hagerott went creek side to bring us this story.
Here Ducky, Ducky, Ducky...that's the refrain heard along the banks of the Big Goose as crowds lined the banks rooting for their favorite little ducky.
It was the annual Kiwanis Duck Race held on Friday after the Rodeo Parade. A fundraiser for the local Kiwanis Club, hundreds of little plastic ducks were dumped off the bridge by the ice cream stand at Kendrick Park and bumped and bobbled and brushed past obstacles headed for the finish line where local duck catchers awaited, nets in hand, to catch the winning duckies.
Master Duck Catcher Harlan Rasmussen was there with his duck catching crew, nets in hand, intensely awaiting the front runners. He's the best of the best at catching ducks.
That's right! Each duck has a number written on its little bottom and duck race enthusiasts buy tickets with the duck's number hoping their duck swims as fast as it can and finishes first garnering that first place prize of $500. In fact, 671 tickets were sold raising quite a nest egg for Kiwanis. Harlan knows his ducks well.
Now, that sounds just like a lot of folks after the rodeo street dance. Richard Wright from the Rec District is a novice when it comes to catching ducks. Does he have what it takes?
I'm sure those people finishing out the street dance wish they could act like that, especially the staying on your feet part. Marsha Ras was visiting from Waterford, New York, and won third place and $100 in the duck race. Her reaction...
There was one perk if your duck came in last. You receive a free ticket for next year's race.