Lil' Rubber Duckie Race is Saturday

In this 2014 file photo, Rubber duckies are dumped off of the Laurel Street Bridge into the Mississippi River to race down to Kiwanis Park as part of the Brainerd Jaycees Big Bill$ Lil’ Rubber Duckie Race. Brainerd Dispatch / Kelly Humphrey

Nearly 5,000 little rubber duckies will go on a slip-n-slide adventure down East River Road in Brainerd at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 27.

Organized by the Brainerd Jaycees, the ninth annual rubber duckie race will raise funds for youth sports in the Brainerd lakes area.

Duckies are available for purchase from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, July 25, at Memorial Park and from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 27, near the Brainerd Fire Department for $5 each.

The first 30 duckies to cross the finish line are worth more than $7,500 in cash and prizes. The duckies are collected and prizes awarded near the finish line, but those adopting duckies need not be present to win.

The Brainerd Jaycees started the annual Lil’ Rubber Duckie Race in 2011 as a means to support youth sports in the area. The Jaycees partnered with Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association and other youth sports organizations to help sell duckies. After eight successful years, the Jaycees are proud to have donated more than $100,000 to Lakes Area Youth Soccer Association, Brainerd Wrestling Club and several other athletic organizations and clubs in the lakes area.

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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