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Great Calusa Rubber Duck race is March 3

February 28, 2018
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Calusa Land Trust's 20th Annual Great Rubber Duck Race will be held this Saturday, March 3, at Low Key Tiki in St. James City. The festivities will begin at noon.

"After resting in the off season all ducks have been in training and are just itching and quacking in anticipation of race day," organizer John Kendall said. "The big event will be the duck races occurring between 3 and 4 p.m. We have little control over the wind and tide that can sometimes delay the start."

The Super Duck Race is first with 100 baby ducks ($20 each, sold only on race day) competing for 50/50 cash winnings. The major attraction will then be the adult rubber ducks consisting of 3,000 numbered ducks ($5 each and already on sale) racing for cash and gifts.

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The winning duck will earn $1,000 cash, second place will scoop in $500, third place $250, plus five runners-up each waddling home with a bag of goodies worth at least $200. Buy early since tickets are likely sold out by race time.

Live entertainment will be provided by Pine Island Sound (featuring Al Bickford and Darryl Tison) and the Hot Flashz Dance Team. There will also be games, raffles, artists/authors, vendors and a much larger and diverse silent auction of prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses and individuals.

The event also includes a live auction (featuring the spirited chant of Johnny Grisson) highlighted by a 24-foot Hurricane deck boat (Yamaha 115 HP) presently on display at the Old Pine Island Marine and Tackle.

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Low Key Tiki will also be offering a luncheon special and a convenient beer tent for celebrants. The entertaining emcee, Craig "The Snook Cowboy" Jennings, will return by popular demand.

"Even if you are not the owner of a winning duck, you can be proud of your support of the Calusa Land Trust," Kendall said. The Calusa Land Trust is Pine Island's all-volunteer land conservancy. The CLT mission is to acquire, preserve and protect this special place called Pine Island."

Rubber Duck Race tickets are now available from member volunteers, certain times at Winn-Dixie, Low Key Tiki, Olde Florida Outpost, Island Conclave or on website ( You can also contact CLT's past president, John Kendall, at 283-8175 or



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