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Wacky Duck Wace set for June 20

by Rosemarie Middendorf

Here we go again! In a very short time, it will be race time for the 6th annual Wacky Waddler Wiver Wace in the Cottonwood Slough at Lampe park in Gardnerville. The Wace will be held Saturday, June 20, by the Carson Valley Community Food closet. The race is co-sponsored by the Gardnerville Spa and Pool, owned by Layne and Don Aufdenkamp, who provide the rubber ducks.

If you are in a business and haven’t made up your mind about participating in the race, you might like to be reminded that 59 ducks (that’s 56 businesses) ran a great race last year. If you are new at wacky duck racing, it makes no difference, as each owner gets a splashing brand new duck each year. For a tax-deductible $50 (and a bit of publicity for your business, should you win), you can purchase a wacky duck. There is no limit to the number of wacky ducks you can buy.

The same thing goes for any organization. Five organization ducks braved the wild waters last year. It’s great fun. Once you buy your wacky duck, you have to do nothing but show up and cheer it on. You can’t show off and have bragging rights, if you don’t compete. We are very proud of our perpetual trophies and being sanctioned by RDRA (Rubber Duck Race Association, Guacksburg, E.Va.).

General race ducks (for all ages) may be purchased for a donation of $5. Each duck is numbered, and you will receive a ticket corresponding to the number on the duck. These tickets will make you eligible for door prizes. So, there is more than one way to win. Nothing may be attached to racing ducks. Only waterproof markers may be used to identify your duck, if you feel the need. Ducks with any other embellishment will be automatically eliminated from the race.

Now, what time does all this craziness go on? Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with entertainment by the outstanding Forever Young Youth Band. Sparkie the Clown will make an appearance and Jolley the Snow Cone Trolley will be on hand. Hot dogs, chips and soda will be available through the efforts of the Douglas High School Speech and Debate Team.

Post times are 11 a.m., business race; 11:30 a.m., general public race; noon, organization race. That’s a lot of ducks splashing and quacking down the stream in a short time. Business and organization race winners will receive a perpetual trophy and a medallion with the winner’s name engraved on it.

Winner of the general race will receive a certificate of admission for a family of four to Marine World in Vallejo, Calif. Also included will be an overnight stay at a Vallejo motel and transportation from the motel to Marine World. The arrangements were acquired through the assistance of Silver State Travel.

Place (second), show (third) and last will also receive generous gifts. Trophies and gifts will be awarded after each race, as well as will a number of door prizes.

It’s a great way to spend time relaxing with family, friends and a flock of live ducks and wacky waddlers.

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