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  • Fundraising rubber duck race set for this Sunday

  • Floodwaters are perfectly safe for rubber ducks, but not for the people who have to run out into the river to get them....
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  • Floodwaters are perfectly safe for rubber ducks, but not for the people who have to run out into the river to get them. When the city held its 150th birthday celebration in June, one of the attractions was the first annual Redwood River Valley Duck Dash fundraiser. The way it worked, people had the chance to “buy” a rubber duck for five dollars apiece, with the funds going to help pay for anniversary costs. Then, on June 21, over 1,000 rubber ducks would be released into the river by the footbridge where the Redwood River and Ramsey Creek meet. After racing past the Ramsey Park zoo, the rubber ducks would pass under the Swayback Bridge. The first duck to get past the bridge would win its sponsor $500, second place would get $200, and third through fifth places would get $100 each. Then, on the other side of the bridge, volunteers would jump into the river to wrangle the rubber duckies back to shore. It was a great plan, a good plan, a workable plan — and then, shortly before the big anniversary celebration, Redwood Falls had to go and get five inches of rain in one night. On the big day, the Redwood River was running so high it swept right over the top of the Swayback Bridge — just like it was bridge was designed to let it do back in the late 1930s. The duck dash was postponed. This weekend is both quieter and drier, and the rubber duck race can finally proceed as planned. If you bought a five dollar chance on a duck (or even more than one chance), you can see your rubber duck race this coming Sunday, Aug. 10, at 2 p.m. in the park. The organizers would be delighted if you brought the entire family for a picnic, but that’s entirely up to you. There are still plenty of ducks looking for a sponsor, so if you or your organization wants to support this event you can contact the event organizers at rwf150@outlook.com prior to August 9 at 5 p.m. or come to the race on Sunday and purchase a sponsorship up to 15 minutes before the race begins. The Redwood River Valley Duck Dash is a fundraiser brought to you by Celebrate Redwood Falls, the same group who organized this summer’s Sesquicentennial celebration. They are starting early to raise funds for next year’s summer event so jump on board and help support summer in Redwood Falls.
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