12,000 Ducks race in the Gore Creek
The Vail Rotary holds this signature event each year which happens to be its biggest fundraiser. Hosting this event on Sunday of Labor Day weekend gets local and visitors to Vail excited in jest while knowing their participation is benefiting local and international causes.
The ducks start at the Covered Bridge in Vail Village and race as it floats down to the International Bridge. Each duck has a registered number written with a permanent marker. These ducks are not sold but adopted. The first duck reaching the finish line wins $5,000 for the person who adopted it. Local businesses donate prizes for the subsequent winners.
The funds raised through this annual fundraiser, allow Vail Rotary to support local non-profits and worthy international projects benefiting children and basic human needs like water and sanitation.