All together, Saturday’s Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor event raised more than $16,000 for the community, with nearly $6,000 going to nonprofit organizations that participated in adopting out ducks, each representing a chance in the third-annual raffle.
Winning the top prize at the Rotary Club of Brookings-Harbor-sponsoredevent was Sharon Mace, who adopted the duck that was first to cross thefinish line. Mace was the winner of $2,600 in groceries and fuel.
Ten other people who adopted ducks also won prizes.
The winning ducks were among 1,810 adopted during an adoption drive that preceded the event. These ducks were among the 5,000 that were dumped into the Chetco River by a front-end loader owned by Alluvial Plains and operated by Freeman Contracting.
People standing on the river bar cheered the ducks as they floated toward the finish line, a boom stretched across the river with a catch funnel in the middle.
Each duck had a number attached to it, which corresponded with the entries.
Another big winner during the event was the South Coast Humane Society. The organization adopted out 603 ducks, which gave it more than $2,400. Because it was the nonprofit organization to garner the most adoptions, it received a $1,000 bonus.
Coming in second for the number of adoptions was Set Free His Way, a ministry operated by Chuck Fidroeff, which adopted out 251 ducks, bringing in more than 1,000.
Rounding out the top five organizations for earnings were Curry County Habitat for Humanity with 183 adoptions, Good Samaritan Curry Village with 107 and Brookings-Harbor High School cheerleaders with 103.
Saturday’s downpour also didn’t stop a crowd from taking part in activities on the river bar at Loeb State Park.
Activities included a squirt gun battle, martial arts games and more. The Surfside Bruin Cafe was not hampered as hamburgers and hot dogs were grilled in the rain.
Since its inception, the Ducky Derby has earned more than $85,000 for community projects.