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Great Calusa Rubber Duck Race Saturday

February 27, 2019
By ED FRANKS ( , Pine Island Eagle

One of the islands' premier events of the year, the Calusa Land Trust's 21st Annual Great Rubber Duck Race, will be held this Saturday, March 2, at Low Key Tiki in St. James City.

"The festivities will begin at noon," former CLT president John Kendall said. "Starting with live entertainment by the Pine Island Sound, featuring Alan and Cindy Bickford plus Darryl Tison, the afternoon will be filled with raffles, spinning wheel games and a much larger and diverse silent auction of prizes and gift certificates that we've ever offered before. These are donated by local businesses and individuals to the CLT."

The event also includes a live auction, featuring the spirited chant of Johnny Grisson, of some 20 larger ticket items highlighted by several island friendly classic kayaks and canoes.

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Officials “turn the ducks loose” at the start of last year’s rubber duck race.


"I'm excited to say that we also have the newest edition of 'The Nature Lover's Guide to Pine Island,'" Kendall said. "This is the sixth edition, and completely revised, and full-color guide."

Low Key Tiki will offer a luncheon special for the event and a beer tent for happy Duck Race celebrants.

"A newly added attraction this year will be CW Fudge offering its famous flavored popcorn plus other special treats," Kendall said.

"After resting in the off season, all ducks have been in training and are just itching and quacking in anticipation of race day," Kendall said. "Even if you are not the owner of a winning duck, you can be proud of your support of the Calusa Land Trust, Pine Island's all-volunteer land conservancy, with its mission to acquire, preserve and protect this special place called Pine Island."

"Of course, the big event will be the duck races," Kendall said. "The Super Duck Race is first around 3 p.m. (wind and tide are factors) with 200 baby ducks ($20 each, sold only on race day) with the top two ducks competing for 50/50 winnings.

"Then the major attraction, the adult ducks, will follow with 3,000 numbered ducks ($5 each and already on sale) racing for cash and gifts," Kendall said. "The winning duck will earn $1,000 cash, 2nd scoops in $500, 3rd place $250 plus five runners-up each waddling home with a bag of goodies worth at least $200. Buy early since tickets are usually sold out by race time."

The entertaining emcee, Craig "Snook Cowboy" Timbes, will return by popular demand.

Rubber duck tickets are now available from member volunteers at Winn-Dixie, Ragged Ass Saloon and Low Key Tiki, or on the CLT website (



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