Combine 25,000 rubber duckies, a chance to win $1 million, hundreds of screaming kids with a great cause and you have Aspens 18th annual Ducky Derby.

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It is always great to see fundraisers benefit great causes or charities, but its even better when one of these fundraisers ends with a rubber duck race down a river. The Rotary Club of Aspen has been putting on The Ducky Derby here for the past 18 years and it seems to be a big hit with kids and adults alike. The money raised through the Rotary Club “helps to promote education, health and human services, community building, and recreational/sports activities in the Roaring Fork Valley.” This year the event reportedly brought in $160,000 with an 18 year total reaching nearly $2 million.

photoThe Ducky Derby is a simple concept; dump a truckload of ducks off a bridge and watch them race down the Roaring Fork River. Kids have been doing this with ducks or sticks for centuries, but to see 25,000 ducks floating along together is quite an awesome image. To be a part of this event, you can purchase a duck or multiple ducks (with the money going to the Rotary) and have a chance at $10,000 or even $1 million. Of the 25,000 ducks sold, only 9 were lucky ducks with a chance at being worth $1 million. Although the winning duck was not one of these lucky ducks, the winner took home a $10,000 prize. Not a bad prize for helping out a great cause and watching the Roaring Fork turn yellow with ducks.

These so called Ducky Derbies seem to be popular all over the country so if there is one in a town near you I highly recommend getting in on the action. I wish I had taken a better camera along to the event so all I have are these pics from my iphone. You can get the picture though – lots of yellow ducks!

For more about the event check out: http://www.duckyderby.com/

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