Rotarians gearing up for Roducky Derby Saturday

PLATTSBURGH - Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will hit the water as the Plattsburgh Rotary Club hosts its annual Roducky Derby, Saturday, Sept. 11.

The ducks will be released immediately following the Beat Retreat performance at the annual Battle of Plattsburgh Commemoration, at approximately 3 p.m. Ducks will travel down a manmade river along the sidewalk near Macdonough Monument leading to the Saranac River on City Hall Place.

"These aren't ordinary rubber ducks," said Roducky Derby chairperson Ellen Bouchard. "These are racing ducks that have been training and preparing for months to go out and raise money for local nonprofits."

Each duck will race to the finish line in an effort to win a prize for the person who adopted it. Ducks that make it first into the duck trap win great prizes donated by local businesses for their lucky adopters.

WPTZ Newschannel 5 and the Rotary Club of Plattsburgh are providing this year's grand prize - four tickets to the Jimmy Fallon show in New York City, including transportation and lodging.

In addition to the trip to Jimmy Fallon, other race prizes include a 32-inch Vizio flat screen television, an onyx and mother of pearl silver necklace courtesy of Kneucraft Jewelers, a $100 U.S. savings bond from NBT Bank, a children's birthday party at Fred Villari's Studios valued at $200, among other prizes.

The Roducky Derby, now in its 12th year, raises money for the club so it may help many charitable organizations in the North Country. The event is part of Rotary "Race Day" which will include the inaugural running of the Rotary Bed Race.

Individuals can adopt rubber ducks for a $5 donation. Packages of multiple ducks are available at discounted prices.

Ducks will be on sale across from City Hall, in front of Macdonough Monument the day of the event.

For more information, call 563-7040 or visit www.plattsburghrotary.org.

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