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The 2020 Duck Derby goes virtual, will benefit local nonprofits and community projects

Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Casper

As with years past, tickets are on sale for $20, which allows the purchaser to “adopt” a rubber duckie that is entered in the race.  If your duck comes in as one of the early finishers, you could win one of over 100 prizes (each valued at a minimum $30).

The first three finishers win prizes of $5,000, $1,000, and $1,000, respectively. Ducks drop at 3:30 pm and should arrive at the finish line around 4 pm. The winners will be posted on the Rotary Club of Casper’s Facebook page and website shortly after.
Duck Derby tickets can be purchased from any local Rotarian, at Hilltop Bank, Altitude Veterinary Hospital, Martinizing Dry Cleaning, or Jonah Bank. Tickets are also available online at Tickets are on sale now through 3:00pm on August 22nd.
Like many organizations, the Rotary Club of Casper’s major fundraiser will look a bit different this year. While so many local events have been canceled, the Rotary Club of Casper is pleased to announce that the annual Duck Derby will take place virtually on August 22nd with a portion of the proceeds benefiting four local nonprofits, as well as the Rotary Club of Casper’s ongoing and future community projects. However, the Platte River Trails annual Riverfest gathering that has accompanied the Duck Derby since 2000 has been canceled this year.
“Due to COVID-19 gathering restrictions, and understanding our role as community leaders, we have decided to do the Great Duck Derby virtually this year,” said Lisa Scroggins, President of the Rotary Club of Casper.
For the past 20 years, the Great Duck Derby has been the Rotary Club of Casper’s major fundraiser. While proceeds from the event typically support current and future local projects, such as Rotary Park, Crossroad Adventure Playground, and the bouldering park coming to Crossroads Adventure Park in the next few months, this year the Club has decided to share a portion of the proceeds with four local organizations, the Platte River Trails Trust, the Wyoming Food for Thought Project, Mimi’s House, and Wyoming Foundation for Cancer Care.  

“The Rotary Club of Casper recognizes that many non-profits have missed their opportunities to raise funds due to COVID-19.  For this reason, we have decided we can serve our community by sharing the proceeds from this event with the local organizations that need our support now more than ever,” said Scroggins.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Platte River Trails Trust (PRTT) has also canceled their biggest annual fundraiser, Riverfest, which has coincided with the Great Duck Derby since 2000. Riverfest has been the PRTT’s signature event for 28 years, since 1992, and includes a regional brew fest, food trucks, live music, family friendly activities and shopping booths. PRTT’s Executive Director Angela Emery says, “the decision to cancel Riverfest this year is tough for our organization financially and in terms of our community outreach.”
Though we won’t be able to gather in person, the Rotary Club of Casper is proud to continue this beloved annual event while supporting local nonprofits that also contribute greatly to the community. Purchase a Great Duck Derby ticket today and help proceeds from this virtual event go farther than ever before!

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