For the 27th year, Redding East Rotary’s Ducky Derby entertained visitors at Caldwell Park. There were 35,514 ducks adopted that raced down the 200 yard stretch of the Sacramento River from under the Diestlehorst Bridge to the awaiting nets. Crowds lined the banks to cheer on their ducks, then returned to the music stage and the North Valley Art League Art’s & Craft Faire to hear the winner’s announced in between sets performed by the Old Time Fiddlers
Jack Jackson of Redding won the grand prize of Shasta Marina Houseboat Trip, plus $500 cash from Umpqua Bank. His ticket was sold by Mistletoe School. Dixie Geissner of Cassell won the Giant Giants Weekend provided courtesy of Interwest Insurance. Her ticket was sold by Intermountain Youth Sports. Jacob Cosgrove will receive a new set of Diamond earrings from Devon’s Jewelers. His ticket was sold by Turtle Bay School. Katy Fee will be able to proudly display Charlie Clinkenbeard’s beautiful Cottonwood Burl Bowl! Her ticket was sold by Shasta Lake School. Steven Root will be able to enjoy a family membership at the YMCA for 6 months from his winning ticket purchased from Parsons Jr. High
The real winners are our local youth when the $175,000 is returned to them in January to support substance abuse prevention and youth development programs locally.
We are pleased to announce that it appears that we will again be able to return 100% to the local students who adopted out these ducks. The Rotary Foundation Against Substance Abuse has raised over $4.4 million since inception.
This year’s top sellers are:#1 Hannah Batten from St. Joseph’s School with 300. Tied for 2 & 3 are siblings Simplicidy & Weston Nogel from Shasta Lake School with 288.
“The community support for this event shows the commitment to our youth. In Kind Services and cash donations cover all the expenses of the race, which allows the Redding East Rotary to return these funds to the students. It is a proud partnership between the adults and youth of our community and further demonstrates what a wonderful and generous community we have here”, said Marge Beck, Race Chairman.
Watch the reddingduckyderby.com for drone footage of the race. It’s quite interesting. Should be up soon.