Rubber duckies get racing for B&G Clubs
Horse racing has nothing on the Rubber Ducky Derby to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma.
Index-Tribune file photo
It’s a race, it’s a benefit and it’s a unique offering for Wine Country. It’s a lot like a raffle, but instead of buying a ticket, supporters “adopt” a rubber duck.
Every duck will be assigned a random number to keep track of the more than 1,000 ducks.
On the morning of Sunday, Aug. 19, the ducks will head to Gundlach Bundschu Winery where they will be “released” into the pond for a rip-roaring race to the finish, aided by the fire hoses from Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority.
The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Race day is free and open to the public and will include kid friendly fun and games, lunch and wines from Gundlach Bundschu.
Duck adopters need not be present to win, but are welcome to join in the revelry.
There are lots of chances to win. The owner of the first duck to cross the finish line will receive $2,500, second place gets an iPad, third place winner will take home a yellow cruiser bicycle donated by Sonoma Valley Cyclery.
Other prizes include four tickets to a Warriors game, or four tickets to a Giants game donated by the Other Guys and Don Sebastiani and Sons, and Gundlach Bundschu wines.
Ducks are $10 each, three for $25, seven for $50, 16 for $100 or 85 for $500.
Ducks can be purchased online at bgcsonoma.org, or at Exchange Bank, Bank of Marin, Sonoma Bank, Rabobank, The Sonoma Index-Tribune’s office or during the Tuesday night farmers market.Ducks can also be adopted at the Boys and Girls Club’s Maxwell Clubhouse office at 100 W. Verano Ave., or you can mail in checks to P.O. Box 218, El Verano, CA 95433.
All proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley’s afterschool programs.