Annual rubber duck race in Shady Cove is a major benefit for URCC

Move over Canadian Geese! Those bright yellow rubber ducks are back and will race once again on the Rogue River on Sunday, August 31 to raise funds for the Upper Rogue Community Center. The annual Rubber Ducky Race traditionally held at the Shady Cove Regional Park is one of the most popular events in Shady Cove.
 

"The opening will be a huge spectacular event," said Dee Hawkins,
Chairperson of the race. The fun begins with a "Membership Regatta."
The 200-plus members of the center will get a free race, with the
winning member garnering a nice prize. After this race, other heats for
both members and nonmembers will take place from noon to 4:00 p.m. As
usual, the Duck Master is Stan Johnson.
   
The proceeds from
the race will benefit the transportation program, according to Hawkins
and Executive Director Steve Hauck. The money earned will go directly
to transportation operations to provide more rides for seniors and the
disabled. With funding down and expenses such as gas up, the duck race
will enable the center to offer the same level of service as last year,
said Hauck. The center averages an annual 6,000 trips a year.
   
For
$5 people may "adopt" a duck. Duck adoption papers may be bought in
advance at the community center, at the event or from the new "Duck
Mobile" – a trailer with yellow ducks painted on it that will be found
at local events.
   
As well as duck races, this fun family day
includes crafts and games for children and badminton and volleyball on
the beach for young adults. Face painters will be hand for added fun.
   
Music
by the melodious "Upper Rogue Jammers" will add to the ambience of the
day. The Jammers play blues, folk, country and other music. While
listening, the hungry can feast on hot dogs and buy logo T-shirts from
Fire District 4 Support Group members.
   
Hawkins has been busy
collecting prizes for the race. They include a $100 gift card from
Safeway, two $50 certificates from Shady Cove Market, 3-$25 gift cards
from Wal-Mart, a gift basket from Harry and David’s, and an overnight
stay at Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino.
   
More prizes include
an overnight stay at the Edgewater Inn, pontoon rentals, lunches and
dinners from Lost Creek Lake Marina and the Shady Cove Sports Bar plus
raft trips from Rapid Pleasure and the Fishing Hole. More gifts and
certificates are from Crater Lake Cellars, Shady Cove Pharmacy,
Bargains on the Rogue, Books N More and Chickadee. Rivertech owner,
Leith Hayes, donated a $65 Norton Antivirus Program and installation.
   
Gift
certificates from Eagle Point businesses include a $25 gift certificate
from Ray’s Food Place, a $20 gift certificate from the Barbwire Grill
and gift certificates from Sensational Sweets, Figaro’s Pizza and New
Chan’s Palace. The Butte Falls Café and the Sugar Pine Company Café
(also in Butte Falls) donated gift certificates for meals.
   
The
duck race is the largest fund-raiser for the Upper Rogue Community
Center. The center offers programs for seniors and youths as well as
transportation. There are also a thrift shop and food pantry on site.
To purchase adoption papers for ducks or for more information call
878-2702. The center is located behind Shady Cove City Hall at 22465
Highway 62.
By Margaret Bradburn
Of the Independent

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