A total of 3,000 ducks are treading water getting ready for the "Great Calusa Rubber Duck Race" on Saturday, March 1, in Monroe Canal behind Woody's Waterside Pub in St. James City.
Festivities will start at noon and continue all afternoon with music, games, raffles, and auctions. At around 4 p.m., 3,000 numbered rubber ducks will race down the canal to the finish line. The first duck to cross the finish line will win its "owner" an offshore fishing trip, the next 19 ducks will win their owners an assortment of great prizes of artwork, gift certificates and other interesting items valued at over $100.
As always, there will be music, raffles and both silent and live auctions conducted throughout the afternoon. Some examples of the items to be auctioned are: wood carvings, paintings, fused glasswork, pottery, coolers, and much more. So, bring your cash, checkbook, or credit card to make your treasured bids and purchases!
The “racing”ducks are released for last year’s event.
Duck tickets are $5 each and they are expected to sell out. Don't wait for race day, get tickets now! Tickets will be on sale at Woody's, from Pink Wesorick, on the Web site calusalandtrust.org and various locations around the island - watch for the Calusa Land Trust Duck sales persons.
All proceeds from the race will go to the Calusa Land Trust of Pine Island to continue its programs of purchasing and maintaining environmentally sensitive land in the greater Pine Island area.
For tickets or information, call Pink Wesorick at 283-7249.