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Big Bill'$ Lil' Rubber Duckie Race set to sail on Aug. 5

The Brainerd Jaycees second annual Big Bill’$ Lil’ Rubber Duckie Race will take place at 4 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Laurel Street bridge over the Mississippi River.

The Jaycees, with help from Ziegler Cat, will be using a pay loader to dump more than 5,000 Lil‘ Rubber Duckies off the bridge and into the river. The Brainerd Fire Department will be assisting in catching the Rubber Duckies at the finish line at Kiwanis Park.

The first 30 Duckies will all win prizes for their corresponding “adoptive parent,” the raffle ticket holder. The “adoptive parent” is the person who purchased the $5 dollar raffle ticket with the matching adoption number on their ticket.

“All adopted Lil’ Rubber Duckies will be cared for by the Brainerd Jaycees before and after the race, including bath-time following the race and a safe place to sleep for winter, so they are refreshed and ready to race again next summer for their new adoptive parents,” the Jaycees wrote in a news release.

The Lil’ Rubber Duckie Race started in 2011 and all proceeds were donated to local youth sports in the Lakes Area. The Jaycees partnered with Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association (LAYSA) to help sell tickets, along with the help of a few summer baseball teams as well. In 2011 the Jaycees were able to donate $7,000 dollars in proceeds to LAYSA, Brainerd Public School Foundation sports program, and a handful of youth baseball teams through Big Bill’s$ Lil’ Rubber Duckie Race.

In 2012 the Jaycees have again teamed up with LAYSA Brainerd Blast, Brainerd Wrestling, Mn High School Rodeo, and the Brainerd Public School Foundation sports program to help adopt out duckies. This year has more cash prizes — first place is $2,500, second place is $1,000, third place is $750, fifth place is $500, 10th place is $100, 20th place is $200, 30th place is $300, along with various other prizes for the rest of the top 30 Duckies.

Duckies can be adopted for $5 at the following locations: Taco Johns, Pine Square, College Square, Cub Brainerd and Baxter, Cashwise Brainerd and Baxter, Westside Liquor, and Esser‘s Liquor in Brainerd.

The Jaycees thanked the sales locations for their help and offered a special thanks to Lakes Printing and C&L Monster Energy for their assistance.

Anyone interested in helping with the Duckie Race or any other Jaycee event can go to, or by contacting contact Duckie chairman Bill Lowe at (605) 201-3987 or

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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