Westport Sunrise Rotary kicks off June with their annual duck race By evi tarshis

All photos by Evi Tarshis '20

Westport Sunrise Rotary showcase their summer-excited ducks

The Westport Sunrise Rotary held their annual Great Duck Race on the Saugatuck River on Saturday, June 1 .

In its ninth year, the Great Duck Race attracted thousands of Westport citizens who participated the event. The race, which is the organization’s most substantial fundraiser, generates over $20 thousand each year in donations to local charity.Participants pay $20 to sponsor a duck but admission into the event is free.

Westport citizens roam the event as they pick out a duck to sponsor in the race

Apart from the race, the Sunrise Rotary also brings in various activities such as a bouncy castle, face paint, painting stations and food trucks. The race also gives local companies the opportunity to advertise their businesses to the town.

“My kids love the duck race,” Westport citizen Tali Vogel said. “It makes me happy to know my kids are having fun while also supporting a great cause.”

The event began at 9 a.m. where families could participate in the festivities until the official race began at 12 p.m.

“This is my third time coming to the event,” Grace Taylor ’20 said. “It’s a fun way to be competitive while also doing something good for the community.”

As soon as the clock struck 12, the ducks were released and the crowd cheered as their ducks slowly floated down the river.

The sponsor of the duck that come in first place wins a $5,000 visa gift card, second place wins an $1,000 visa gift card and third through 10th places receive a $500 visa gift card each.

“My family never misses the duck race,” Valerie Dreyfuss ’22 said. “We haven’t won yet but aren’t giving up anytime soon.”

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