LARAMIE -- According to Nicole Hauser, president of the Laramie Rotary Club, the Rotarian Duck Wranglers got 2500 rubber ducks ready to float for Saturday’s 15th annual Rubber Duck Race.

“It’s been a successful event. We’ve seen it increase with more and more ducks floating down the river. If you’re the lucky winner of the duck to cross the finish line first, you can win $2500, which is sponsored by Premier Bone and Joint Center in Laramie.”

Hauser said tickets are still available.

“There are lots of tickets still available. You can get them at Eventbrite. Go to our Laramie Rotary web site. There’s an easy link to buy tickets online, or just show up and buy tickets on Saturday. One duck is $10, or you can get 3 for $25. The ticket will have a number, and that number will be on the duck. You don’t get a rubber duckie, but your number is associated with a duck,” Hauser said.

“We’ll be kicking the fun off at 9 a.m. at Optimist Park. At 9 a.m. there is a free pancake breakfast, and the ducks go in the water at 10 a.m. Then we start wrangling them and announce all the prize winners,” Hauser said.

“I’ve lost count of the number of other prizes. There are other cash prizes, gift certificates, fun gadgets, and things like that. We’ve had lots of great support from the community in providing prizes. It’s going to be a lot of fun, lots of winners, good weather – that’s always a plus in Laramie!”

Hauser said this event is the Laramie Rotary Club’s largest fundraiser of the year.

“The funds that we raise go back into the community, and also some international efforts. We support the downtown clinic, the skate park, the suicide prevention task force, Cathedral Home for Children, the list goes on and on.

“Internationally, we are able to provide shelter boxes, we have a water project in Guatemala – so this event helps us fund those local and international projects,” Hauser said.

“I hope people will come out. There’s going to be live music, fun activities, and more than just putting ducks in the water. It’s a great time to come together as a community.

“And I’ve got to tell you, it’s pretty cool to see 2,500 little rubber ducks floating down the river. It’s a sight to see! We hope to see everybody out there. We’re looking forward to it.”

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