Annual Rubber Ducky Derby – Huge Success for Castle Rock Rotary
Onlookers watched as thousands of rubber ducks made their way down East Plum Creek at the successful 2014 Ducky Derby on June 7th in Castle Rock. The annual fundraiser is sponsored by the Castle Rock Rotary Club, Castle Rock High Noon Rotary and the Rotary Club of Castle Pines. Their goal was to raise money for local and regional Rotary charities, that help people all over the world.
Every time a person donated they received a ticket that matched a marked rubber duck. Once the duck was entered into the race the participants had a chance to win some exciting prizes. Also, families could enjoy other activities which included face painting, food, live entertainment, bands, a bouncing safari house, and even a silent auction.
The turnout couldn’t have been better, even with the rainy afternoon. “It’s a great event every year. We love to bring the kids and let them do the face painting and festival type stuff. (Our kids) love picking out their ducks and watching them race. It’s a fun day,” said Sarah Grantham, a mother of three from Castle Rock in the Castle Rock New-Press article.
The very first Ducky Derby began in 1997, there were only 500 ducks that raced down the creek that day, but this year that number has quadrupled. The event has grown so much that is it known as one of the most recognized and highly anticipated annual get together in the community.
According to the article, the principal goal of Ducky Derby is to raise funds that will allow the local Rotary clubs to perform service projects for such charitable organizations as the Douglas/Elbert Task Force, local food banks, and the Women’s Crisis – Family Outreach Center.