The ducks are treading water getting ready for the "Great Calusa Rubber Duck Race" 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 line will win the grand prize: a full-day offshore guided fishing trip for four people (value $1,000). The next 19 ducks to cross the finish line will win an assortment of great prizes of artwork, gift certificates and other interesting items valued at over $100.
As always, there will be both silent and live auctions conducted throughout the afternoon. Some examples of the items to be auctioned are: wood carvings, paintings, fused glasswork, pottery, day cruise for 35 people, fishing guides, cooking class, certificates for resorts and dinner and much more.
Duck tickets are $5 each and they are expect to sell out. Don't wait for race day, get tickets now! They are on sale at Woody's, from Pink Wesorick 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