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"Wacky Wace" coming up

by Rosemarie Middendorf

The Carson Valley Community Food Closet will present its 6th annual Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace on Saturday, June 20, at Lampe Park in Gardnerville. The ducks will wace down the Cottonwood Slough within the park.

Duck racers are encouraged to buy their wacky waddlers early. When you purchase your wucky duck, you may take it home and “train it in your tub or pool.” Perhaps you would prefer to leave the duck in the tender care of one of the many volunteers where you purchase the duck. They, too, will care for it and make sure it, along with all the other wucky ducks, make their appearance in the wace.

The race is once again co-sponsored by the Carson Valley Community Food Closet (their only fund-raiser) and the Gardnerville Spa and Pool, owned by Layne and Don Aufdenkamp, who provide the ducks.

Post time will be 11 a.m. for the business race, 11:30 for the general public and noon for the organizations, according to Len Frueh and Katy Weber, co-chairmen. Jack McCormack will serve as race caller, Burl Middendorf as race timer, Katy Weber as trophy chairman, and Julian Larrouy and Carl Malkmus as race tenders.

To enter the “wace,” men, women and children are encouraged to buy their wucky ducks for a donation of $5 each. Business and organization ducks are a tax-deductible $50 each. The rubber ducks will be numbered and, upon purchase, you will receive a ticket with a corresponding number. Between waces, a variety of door prizes will be distributed, so have your ticket handy. You do not need to be present to win, but we would encourage you to participate in this rather wacky event. It really is fun!

Nothing may be attached to the racing ducks. Only waterproof markers may be used to identify your duck. Ducks with any other embellishments will be automatically eliminated from the races.

Festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. with entertainment by the Forever Young Youth Band under the direction of Chuck Wayne, owner of the Wayne Family Music Store, 1516 Highway 395, Gardnerville. The band is made up of youngsters from Valley schools. They play music from the ’40s swing era to current music, and many of them play more than one instrument, as well as sing. To be a member of this group, dedication is a must. The organization is based solely on the effort of the students and the commitment of the parents. For information regarding the group, call Wayne at 782-7739.

Present members of the band are Mariah Archer, Michelle Wayne, Jared Fitch, Wayne Archer, Matthew Wayne, Christina Guadagni, Shane Forster, Justin Wayne, Nicholas Guadagni, Charlie Hodge, Alex Johnson, Kristin Kvasnicka, Joe Hodge, Tim Rainey, Colin Kvasnicka and Sam Hodge.

Winner of the general public wace will receive a gift certificate of admission for a family of four to Marine World in Vallejo, Calif. A one-night stay at a Vallejo motel and transportation from there to Marine World will be included. The arrangements were acquired through the assistance of Silver State Travel. Other winners will receive generous prizes, and numerous door prizes will be presented between races.

Business and organization winners will receive the perpetual trophy and a medallion which will be engraved with the winners’ names.

The Douglas High School Speech and Debate Club will have hot dogs, chips and soda available, the Jolley Snow Cone Trolley will be on hand and Sparkie the Clown will provide entertainment during the festivities.

Sparkie has entertained with her clownish acts for some 20 years. She entertains children of all ages. Balloon things and creatures, colored silk ties, ropes and pocket magic are among her specialties.

Sparkie is associated with the World Clown Association and Clowns of America International, as well as numerous other organizations. She has made a great number of appearances in the surrounding area.

The proceeds from the festivities will be applied toward the maintenance and operation of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet, located in the Hussman Building at 1255 Waterloo Lane in Gardnerville. The CVC Food Closet, a non-profit organization, manned solely by volunteers provides emergency food supplies year-round to those who qualify.

Rubber ducks are available at numerous businesses throughout the Valley , as well as from the Gardnerville Spa and Pool and the Food Closet on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1-4 p.m. For information, call 782-3711.

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