From left, Chester Rotary members Monty Clark, Brack Green and Craig Settlemire are ready to free the duck entries for the Great Feather River Duck Race. Rotary members will follow the ducks downstream to make sure they all make the trip safely. Photo by Matt Jensen

The Great Feather River Duck Race provides fun and scholarships

By Gregg Scott

Staff Writer

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.

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As the racing ducks reach the finish line Rotary members, from left, Terry Johnson and Chelsea Harris are there to verify the first three to cross. Photo by Gregg Scott
The greatest amount of physical effort comes from those that volunteer to follow the ducks down the river and capture all the racing ducks. Many thanks to Dan Smith, Ivan Eidhammer and their dedicated volunteers for all the help. Photo by Gregg Scott