Castle Rock's Ducky Derby is a real current event

A crowd cheers and snaps pictures June 9 as the first rubber duckys released into Plum Creek float past during the 16th annual Ducky Derby. The top prize for the duck crossing the finish line first was $2,000. The Ducky Derby is the largest annual fundraiser for the Castle Rock Rotary Clubs and included a street festival with a variety of vendors and entertainment. Photo by Courtney Kuhlen | ckuhlen@ourcoloradonews.com
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The ducks are ready to float for a chance to win big with local Rotary Clubs' Ducky Derby.

The 2013 Ducky Derby is an all-day event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 in downtown Castle Rock. Rotarians are aiming to push the record this year, as long as the weather delivers a ducky day.

“Weather always indicates how many folks show up,” said Kelly Marsh, Ducky Derby chairwoman. “With good weather we should see 4,000 people. That's about the largest crowd we get when the weather is nice.”

The large crowds make for high ticket sales, Marsh said, with each ticket carrying a chance for a chance at the million-dollar duck. If the first duck to cross the finish line is the one earmarked as the million-dollar duck, the ticketholder will walk away with $1 million, Marsh said.

The million-dollar duck has remained elusive in Ducky Derby's 17-year history, but that doesn't mean the first to cross will go home empty-handed.

Each duck in the race carries a number corresponding to a number on a purchased ticket. The first to cross the finish line wins $2,000 for the ticket-holder; second place wins $750; and third place wins $250.

If the second-place ducky matches one of the new-car giveaway numbers, that ticket-holder wins a new car. The million-dollar ticket number and the new-car ticket numbers are selected in a random drawing from all the purchased ticket numbers before the race.

Ticket-holders have a chance to win from among several hundred prizes, including free dinners, rounds of golf and other goods and services.

The Ducky Derby is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Rotary Clubs of Castle Rock and Castle Pines. The 2012 Ducky Derby raised more than $40,000, Marsh said. The highest number of tickets sold was 9,500 and Rotarians are hoping for another record.

Days before the end of May, more than 7,000 tickets were sold, with expectations to sell another 2,000 at the event.

Tickets are $5 each, or 5 tickets for $20, and are available at the Castle Rock Bank, the Castle Rock Senior Center, and from any Rotarian. Tickets will also be on sale at Festival Park on Ducky Derby day.

Ducky Derby is on Second Street, between Wilcox and Perry, at Festival Park. Second Street will be closed for the street fair, which will include kids' activities, live music, vendors and food. Alcohol will be for sale to visitors older than 21.

The street fair begins at 11 a.m., tickets will remain on sale until about 2:30 p.m., and the ducks will float down Plum Creek at 3 p.m., Marsh said.

More information is available at rotaryclubofcastlerock.org.

Ducky Derby

What: The 2013 Ducky Derby

When: 11 a.m to 5 p.m. June 8

Where: Festival Park, Second and Wilcox streets in downtown Castle Rock

More information: rotaryclubofcastlerock.org.