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Chamber plans ‘Rubber Duckie’ race

March 7, 2013
By MEL TOADVINE ( , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Get ready for fun that the kids will love. That's the word from Inke Baker, interim chief executive officer and president of the Greater Lehigh Acres Chamber of Commerce.

"We're having a Rubber Duck Race to raise money for the chamber and its many activities to help the community," Baker said.

"And we have lots of those small little yellow rubber duckies and if we need more, we know where to find them," she said.

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A rubber 'duckie.'

The event is a fundraiser and it is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at Harns March.

"We're going to release all these little rubber duckies at Harn's Marsh at a special spot and see which one gets to the finish line first," she laughed. Inke believes the race will be a couple of hundred feet and it depends on how the water is moving and how fast the ducks float along. She says it could take a half hour or more for the race.

"It depends on the East County Water Control District and how much water they plan to allow to flow," she said. "They're going to set it all up for the event."

"It is a lot of fun and if you have children, bring them along because they will really love it," she said.

"We are looking for sponsorships now. Private individuals, different organizations and/or local businesses can sign up to sponsor a rubber duckie. We put your special number on the back of the duckie and off he goes into the stream," she laughed. They all go in once.

Racing rubber duckies is a favorite fundraiser and Lehigh is no different. There have been rubber duckie races here before, but this is a first for the chamber.

"You can put your rubber duckie in the race for only $5 or you can sponsor a whole race duck team," she said. "For a whole team, each member will be given a number and put up the $5 fee."

"The more the merrier ... it's a funny sight to see all those little duckies racing down the water with the current of the stream," she said.

There is plenty of parking at Harns Marsh, whose beauty is a well-kept secret in Lehigh. It is maintained by the East County Water Control District. Parts of Harns Marsh are opened daily if the gates are open.

On race day, the water control district is planning other activities, too. There will be vendors and other things. It's a great way to see the marsh, located off 38th St. West.

It has fast become one of the more favorite places in Southwest Florida for bird watchers from all over and it has some of the more interesting forms of aquatic life than in other parts of the county.

"We use the money we receive to help pay for things like scholarships for young people who live in Lehigh. It all goes to support the chamber," Baker said.

"And it is a great event for the whole family," she added.

To sponsor a rubber duckie, contact the chamber at 369-3322. They are open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Just call or stop by at 25 Homestead Rd. at their office and fill out an entry form and pluck down some five dollar bills for each duck.

"The more ducks you sponsor, you more likely you are to win and for the prizes, well you will have to wait and see," she laughed.

Now if you have a special number or a set of numbers that you like, don't waste time because numbers have started off at 1 and run to 100. If someone has already chosen the number you want, you'll have to choose another number. And Baker says once they get past 100, the numbers continue on.

"So put on your thinking hats and try your lucky numbers for the duckie race," she said.

Also ahead for the chamber if the Kentucky Derby Party for Saturday, May 4. It will be held at the Majestic Golf Club oh Homestead Rd. and the fun starts at 4 p.m.

"Come and enjoy the derby and enter your own horses in the race," Baker laughed.

"It's all held in the Crown Room at the Majestic Gulf Club. We have a course right up front in the room and if you have ever been to one of our derby parties, you know how much fun they are.

"You can watch the 139th Derby on a big-screen TV in style," she said.

For reservations, call 369-3322.



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