By Gregg Scott
Every year the Rotary Club of Chester hosts the Great Feather River Duck Race as the venue to fund its yearly scholarships for area high school seniors. Each year the club awards a $1,000 scholarship for academic achievement and a $1,000 scholarship for vocational training. These scholarships are open to all high school seniors that are graduating from any of the area 12th grade programs, including Westwood High. In the fall the club also offers a $1,000 continuation scholarship for area college students that are continuing on in their studies.
The Duck Race is always a fun and lively way for supporters to help fund the local students. Every ticket sold has a corresponding duck with that ticket number on it. The ducks are “set free” in the Feather River at the Chester Park and then they take on the challenges of the fast water currents, eddy’s, rocks and brush until they reach the finish line downstream at the Chester Library.
The first duck to cross the line wins $1,000, second place wins $500 and third place receives $250. This year’s winners were: 1st Place – Lake Almanor West homeowner Scott Joyce, 2nd Place was won by local resident Debbie Howard and 3rd place was awarded to Red Bluff resident Kensley Brown. Congratulations to all the winners.