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Wiver Wace raises $7,000 for Food Closet

by Rosemarie Middendorf

The Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace raised just on $7,000 for the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

The perpetual trophy for the business race, in the short racing time of 7 minutes and 22 seconds, was won by Lummus Blinds and Draperies of Gardnerville.

Winner of the general public race was Becky Servatius, who was recipient of a certificate of admission for a family of four to Marine World in Vallejo, Calif., an overnight stay at the inn at Marine World, transportation to the park from the inn and $50 for gas and food. The arrangements were acquired with the assistance of Silver State Travel.

The place (second) winner was Susan Spotts, who accepted a certificate for four rounds of golf at the Golf Club at Genoa Lakes. Show (third) was won by Kylie Tanner, who took home a three months membership at High Desert Fitness. The last place winner was Anela Hughes, who was presented a certificate for a glider ride. Total racing time for the general race was 30 minutes.

The winner of the club and organization race was the Soroptimist International of Carson Valley, now the proud owner of the perpetual trophy for the second year in a row. Race time was 7 minutes and 35 seconds. Congratulations to all winners.

Thanks go to each and every individual, business, club and organization who purchased a wacky waddler duck. Also a thank-you goes to our co-sponsor, the Gardnerville Spa and Pool, owned by Layne and Don Aufdenkamp, who provided the rubber ducks.

Door prizes which were donated by numerous businesses, organizations and individuals were distributed before and after the races.

Proceeds from the Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace will be used for the operation and maintenance of the Carson Valley Community Food Closet.

This year, two major events, the Kids’ Fishing Derby and the Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace, took place in the Cottonwood Slough at Lampe Park in Gardnerville within two weeks of each other.

In years past, there has been a minimum of four weeks between these two events to ensure that the kids in our community were able to “fish out” the gated area prior to the duck race. In order to promote equality between rainbow trout and rubber ducks, we, the directors of the Carson Valley Food Closet who sponsor the duck race, modified the duck race course so that the races would not interfere with the fishing area in any manner. Conducting the races in the old manner required the opening of the gates, which then would have released the fish from their designated area.

The wacky waddling ducks were released at the start gate, just below where the fishing area is gated and dammed, while the finish gate was positioned near where the slough leaves Lampe Park, as in past years.

The order of the races remained the same; first, businesses, second, general public and third, clubs and organizations.

However, the general public race, for the first time, was divided into three heats. The first five ducks that passed through the finish gate in each of the three heats, a total of 15, then competed in a final race which determined the overall winners.

This process of a shortened race provided continued fishing for community youngsters and an opportunity for more chances to win the Wacky Waddlers Wiver Wace.

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