Duck races benefit community

The winning duck in the 2012 Waconia-West Carver Rotary Duck Race at Nickle Dickle Day in Waconia was from the Martin Cole office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Photo by Taylor Hubbard Photography

The winning duck in the 2012 Waconia-West Carver Rotary Duck Race at Nickle Dickle Day in Waconia was from the Martin Cole office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Photo by Taylor Hubbard Photography

The thrill of a race to benefit the community: That’s what the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Duck Races at Nickle Dickle Day are all about.
Money raised from the event supports local Rotary projects such as STRIVE, student scholarships and individual project requests from the community.  Money raised from this event also help fund such international  projects as the work being done by Rotary International  in the fight to eradicate polio. But Rotary has found that the Duck Races do even more than that.
The Duck Races are about community and bringing people together.
“It’s a fun event for the kids that also promotes the businesses,” said Rotary member Martin Cole.
And promote them, it does. Each business participating can decorate its own duck to represent its business or to support a theme. This year’s ducks included a Superman, a doctor, Katniss Everdeen from the Hunger Games and many, many more.
While the races were fun, it was just as much fun for people attending Nickle Dickle Day to see how the ducks were decorated. In addition, it was fun for the businesses to come up with their decorations.
By day end, there was much anticipation as people crowded around the duck race track to see the competition that would determine which business duck would come out as the victor.
If screams of encouragement from the crowd could actually inspire, then all the ducks would have won.  In the end, the winning duck was from the Martin Cole office of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans.  However, the real winner of the day was the community of Waconia and the Western communities that are served by projects sponsored by the Waconia-West Carver Rotary.

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