May 7, 2013 > The Great Duck Race!
The Great Duck Race!
By Tanya Chettri
Imagine a blue lake turning yellow! That happened at Lake Elizabeth on Saturday, April 27 as a flock of 6565 yellow rubber ducks raced across the calm waters. These racers were part of a fundraiser organized by the Kiwanis club of Fremont. "This is the 19th year that we have organized this unique duck race," said Shirley Sisk of the Kiwanis Club. "This year close to 30,000 dollars will be raised through this event." That's not bad for a day of fun, supporting local organizations including the Child Abuse Prevention Agency, Music for Minors II, Arts in Schools, and Meals on Wheels.
The Fremont Fire Department provided a fire truck to bring the little duckies and Fire Captain Rick, Officers Dan and Tim helped the ducks along their way by creating a current using a fire hose. Officer Dan really enjoyed being there "This is a great event - no emergencies for a change; everyone just enjoying themselves!" he said with a smile. Four-year-old Jason from Fremont was so excited watching the ducks go; 'I like everything - but the big fountain of water that blew the ducks forward is the best!'
A carnival atmosphere prevailed as children played games of shoot the hoop, ring toss and putt-putt golf. All games were organized by high school students from Kiwanis 'Key Clubs' at local high schools. Some spectators were also hoping to come home with prizes such as spa sessions, Disney vacations, cash and the great grand prize of a new car, donated by event sponsors. However, whether or not Lady Luck was with participants, all had a good time and many community organizations were the beneficiaries of another successful duck race.