Idaho Falls Rotary receives grand prize donation for Duck Race

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IDAHO FALLS — Members of the Idaho Falls Rotary Club gathered outside the Shilo Inn Wednesday for the unveiling of this year’s grand prize for the annual Duck Race.

Broadway Ford in Idaho Falls gifted a 2016 Ford F-150 worth $60,000 dollars. The truck came wrapped in Duck Race decor to showcase the event.

Rotary Club Vice Chairman Donald Casey said Broadway Ford is one of the largest sponsors of the Duck Race in terms of value of the prize.

“Broadway Ford has been donating a truck to us for four years. They’re a very generous sponsor of the Duck Race,” Carey said.

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Photo by Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com

Ann Jones and Mont Crnkovich presented the key for the F-150 to Rotary Club president Bruce Turner.

The first place prize for the Duck Race is a TERYX off road vehicle, valued at $13,000 donated by Idaho Central Credit Union, and the second place prize is an jewelry item from Ingram’s Jewelers. Other prizes such as gift certificates and art will be given away from local sponsors.

This year marks the 26th annual Great Snake River Greenbelt Duck Race. Each year the tens of thousands of rubber ducks are dropped into the Snake River from a giant dump truck. The first duck to float to the finish line represents the winner of the grand prize. Funds raised at the Duck Race go toward the upkeep and preservation of the Riverwalk (Greenbelt). The race will be August 12, and the Ducks will drop at 4 p.m.

“The Greenbelt, or as it’s now referred to as the Riverwalk is one of the greatest attributes of Idaho Falls. It is really a jewel of Idaho Falls,” Carey said.

To donate to the Duck Race and also be entered to win prizes go to duck race website. Ducks cost $5, or six ducks for $25. For information go to the Idaho Falls Rotary Club’s Facebook page.

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