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First-ever Auburn Duck Derby this Saturday

$1,000 first prize up for grabs
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Two Auburn groups will hold the first-ever Great American River Wild Duck Derby this Saturday. The fundraiser is to benefit the Auburn Chamber of Commerce and Protect American River Canyons, which will split the proceeds from ticket sales and also with other local nonprofits that are selling tickets. “On Saturday morning we’ll have hundreds of rubber ducks floating down the American River, but if you don’t adopt your ducky soon you’ll be left at the shore, and the $1,000 first prize will go to someone else,” says Bill Radakovitz, former Auburn Chamber of Commerce board president heading up ticket sales for the event. The Great American River Wild Duck Derby will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, in the stretch of water below the Foresthill Bridge and the Confluence. Known commonly as a rubber duck race, the derby is presented by the Auburn Chamber and Protect American River Canyons (PARC), and is open to the public. Proceeds from the event will be shared between the two organizations, and other nonprofits that are involved in the ticket sales. “That’s important,” adds PARC Chairman Eric Peach. “All the proceeds stay in the Auburn area, and as this event grows it will not only focus on the importance of the river and canyon as a resource, but it will generate important funds for local groups and organizations.” Entrants can adopt a rubber duck for $10 – with discounts for adopting multiple ducks – and will be provided an adoption certificate and the duck’s racing number. On race day, flocks of rubber ducks will be released into the American River at the Old Foresthill Bridge and will float downstream through the confluence to the finish line. Ducks that cross the finish line first will provide their owners with awards and cash prizes, including a grand prize of $1,000. Tickets can be purchased at the Chamber office, 601 Lincoln Ave., or by calling the office at (530) 885-5616. Single ducks are $10; three ducks for $20, 10 ducks for $50, and 25 rubber fowl for $100. Tickets also can be purchased from members of several nonprofit organizations, benefiting from the Duck Derby; Auburn Rotary Club, Relay for Life, Placer Nature Center, Auburn Gymnastics, Auburn 49er Lions, New Life Church, Placer Grad Night, Foothill Center for Spiritual Living and Auburn Placer Performing Arts. More information can be found on the Great American River Wild Duck Derby Facebook page. To volunteer for the event, contact Michael Anderson at (530) 820-3778, or amriver@gmail.com.