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Rubber Ducky race in Craig provides quacking good family fun

It's not unusual to see waterfowl bobbing along down the current of the Yampa River, but Saturday morning a flock of bright yellow inanimate birds was quite a change of pace.

The Northwest Colorado Health Rubber Ducky Race hit the waterway to bring a spectacle to Loudy-Simpson Park and some big cash prizes to winners as about 500 ducks were dropped from the Ranney Street bridge.

Craig Fire/Rescue did the honors, with Lucas Slaight doing the countdown before the ducks made a splash.

"I liked being loud," the 5-year-old grinned, relishing the chance to use a bullhorn.

The race, long a tradition in Steamboat Springs, has become a staple in Craig as well, now in its third year as a fundraiser for the agency's hospice program.

"It's definitely growing here, a ton of support and great sponsorships this year," said NCH's Suzi Mariano.

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While volunteers with waders and nets gathered up the first 10 ducks at the finish line near the Loudy-Simpson boat ramp, spectators took to the park for some additional games and happenings by NCH, Grand Futures Prevention Coalition, Boys & Girls Club of Craig and Connections 4 Kids.

Fire trucks were also on display, as well as a whirlybird from Classic Air Medical.

Stephanie Montgomery was among those looking for her name on the winner board, though she wasn't too let down to find her name not on the top 10 ducks.

"We only bought one, so we'll see if were the last place winner," she laughed.

Montgomery and her children, Izabella and Lexington Bergstrom, enjoyed the duck décor in the park as well as the activities.

"It's good to get out in the community, and I always appreciate when there's something for the kids to do," she said.

Northwest Colorado Health Rubber Ducky Race winners

  1. “Hemi” Mathers
  2. Jackie Crawford
  3. Michelle Adams
  4. Chuck Grobe
  5. Brandi Long
  6. Rita Landa
  7. Kathy Lowrey
  8. JC Perry
  9. Jayne Morley
  10. Evelyn Bacon

Last Place: Yampa Valley Medical Center