Rubber Ducks in Niles!
The Ducks for Bucks benefit race is a great way to support Niles! On Saturday, April 23rd, thousands of little yellow rubber ducks will race at Lake Elizabeth in the 22nd Annual Ducks for Bucks race, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Fremont. Festivities start at 11am. Duck race starts at 1pm.
Take A Quack At A Brand New Car & Other Great Prizes
By sponsoring a duck, you’ll be entered to win a brand new car, $2,000 in cash, and other great prizes, provided by race sponsors. Ducks are $5 each, or buy 5 ducks for $25 and get a 6th duck free.
Buy your tickets at Niles stores
Buy your tickets at Niles stores to benefit Niles Main Street Association! Look for the yellow ducks in the windows of participating stores in Niles. More information is also available from these stores.
More prizes in the Niles Business Raffle
By sponsoring your ducks at Niles stores, you will also be entered in the Niles Business Raffle, with a chance to win even more great prizes! The raffle will be held on April 17th, and is separate from your chance to win at the main Ducks for Bucks event.
About the Race
(Description provided by Ducks 4 Bucks.)
Every year for the last 21 years, thousands of rubber ducks have been released into Lake Elizabeth for the annual Ducks for Bucks Race benefit. This year our goal is to sell entries for 8,000 rubber ducks. Compliments of the Sanitation Department, a dump-truck will release the ducks at the Lake Elizabeth boat launch, into a previously cordoned off section of the lake. Using their high-powered fire hoses, the Fremont Fire Department will slowly herd the ducks into the chute passage which narrows to a size where only one duck at a time can enter the trap. As each duck enters the trap, the number on the bottom of the duck is recorded along with the race placement order. These numbers are radioed back to the boat house where they are entered into the computer and associated with their Race Entry form number which will identify each winner. Prior to the race, random duck numbers (1 per each 500 ducks entered into the race) are pre-selected as potential winners for the Great Grand Prize (car). This selection is performed by a third party company who is contacted after the first duck enters the trap to validate if it is among the pre-selected numbers. If the first place winning duck number is among the pre-selected duck numbers, that duck will win the Great Grand Prize. Otherwise, the 1st Place winning duck will receive the Grand Prize of $2,000 and the car will not be awarded. The next 10 winning ducks will receive the prize associated with their placement order in the race (2-11).
Winners need not be present to win. Several years ago our first place winner lived in New Jersey and we simply mailed her the check. Each winner will be contacted by phone after the race. If unable to reach by phone, they will be contacted via email as well.