Nearly 5,000 little rubber duckies will launch at 1 p.m. on Aug. 8 from the Laurel Street Bridge for Big Bill$ Lil' Rubber Duckie Race.

Organized by the Brainerd Jaycees, the fifth annual event will raise funds for youth sports in the Brainerd lakes area.

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Duckies are available for purchase at area outlets for $5 and on race day at the Laurel Street Bridge. The first 35 duckies to cross the finish line will be eligible for the $10,000 in cash and prizes.

"We are really excited to host the event again this year," said event organizer Valine Gondringer in a news release, "and we couldn't do it without the help of our sponsors and the entire Brainerd lakes community."

The duckies are collected and prizes awarded at Kiwanis Park but those adopting duckies need not be present to win.

The schedule of events on Saturday, Aug. 8 is as follows:

• 9 a.m.-noon - Visit Walgreens or the Brainerd Fire Department to adopt a duckie. Concessions will be available at the fire department location.

• 1 p.m. - The duckies will be launched from the Laurel Street bridge into the Mississippi River below, racing to the finish at Kiwanis Park.

All prize winners will be announced immediately following the completion of the race.

The Brainerd Jaycees started Big Bill$ Lil' Rubber Duckie Race in 2011 as a means to support area youth athletics in the Brainerd lakes area. The Jaycees partnered with Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association (LAYSA) and other youth sports organizations to help sell the duckies. The Jaycees have donated over $65,000 dollars to LAYSA (Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association), Brainerd BMX Club, Brainerd Wrestling Club, Brainerd Public Schools Foundation, youth baseball teams and other youth athletic groups after the past four events.

Duckie sales locations are Taco Johns, Pine Square, College Square, and Raceway Square. Visit for more information.

The Brainerd Jaycees is a volunteer organization for young men and women ages 18-41. The Brainerd Jaycees are also well known for the $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza, Run for the Lakes Marathon, and Street Fest on 7th. Visit for more information on the Brainerd Jaycees.