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Duck Race Report

On Thursday, September 3, South Royalton Rescue held the Second Annual Duck Race on the White River. The ducklings were dropped into the river off the Chelsea Bridge in South Royalton. They went through the rapids just south of the bridge and then into slower moving water to the finish line.

The event was streamed live on South Royalton Rescue page and watched by many from a distance due to COVID and social distancing. Viewers from Virginia and North Carolina, who adopted ducks online, cheered their ducklings from afar. Victoria Paquin narrated the race from the river. Two ducklings found their way quickly through the rapids and moved to the finish line within a short amount of time. The first two ducklings crossed the line within less than a minute of each other, with three and four crossing almost side by side. Thank you to the five duck wranglers who collected all of the adopted ducks and wrangled them safely to swim again next year to help someone win more awesome prizes.

The entire staff of South Royalton Rescue would like to thank each and every one of you that participated in this fun fundraiser. The money raised each year helps upgrade equipment and keep our staff well trained to serve the great communities of Royalton, Sharon, and Tunbridge. We hope that next year we will be back on the river banks to cheer the ducks along. Be ready to encourage your family and friends to adopt a duck to l win great prizes as the following people did this year:

#1 David Benson Kayak, vest and paddle (donated by our Advisory Board)

#2 Tony and Daisy Salls Fly fishing lessons for two ½ day ((Brian Burkholder instructor)

#3 Ebben Whitehair Orvis Safe Passage angler’s day pack (Orvis rep)

#4 Corinne Ingraham 2 framed photos of White River (Duane Wheeler of Sharon,VT)

#5 Chase Barcelow River Lounge Float (donated by South Royalton Rescue)

#6 Vinny BelmontChild’s Flotation Vest (donated by South Royalton Rescue)

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