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UPDATE: Graff Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram - Rockford won the most popular duck title for 2022 with 3216 votes!  That is a new record!  JH Nicholson collected more than 1900 votes for second place. Andrus Architecture was third with 1301 votes.  Thank you everyone for voting!  Next up, the Prettiest Duck title is on the line at our booth at Start of Summer. Stop by the booth (located in front of the Hemp Company in Rockford) and stuff money in the box of your favorite duck. All money raised in the Prettiest Duck voting will be donated to Hand2Hand.  See you at the booth!
 
The Rockford Rotary kicked off its duck race event with online voting to select the Most Popular Duck in Rockford.  The winner will receive a traveling trophy that they can keep at their business for one year.  Voting started at 12:01 on May 31st and continued until 8 p.m. on June 8th.  Decorated ducks that were turned in by May 26th were placed in store windows in downtown Rockford.  You can see the ducks at the Edge Barbershop, Edward Jones - Eva Trudell, GLIKs and Aunt Candy's.  Flyers are posted in the store windows with a QR code. Scan the QR code with your phone to pull up the voting form.  Then you can select your favorite duck and submit your vote.  Each person can vote 5 times a day (honor system).  You can see pictures of the decorated ducks here: LINK.  
 
Stop by the Rotary booth at the Start of Summer celebration (in front of the Hemp Shop).  You will be able to vote for the prettiest duck by stuffing your favorite duck's jar with money.  All proceeds raised from the prettiest duck voting will be donated to Hand2Hand
 
The duck race will take place on Saturday, June 11th at 5 p.m. The ducks will launch from the dam and be collected in Richardson-Sowersby Park.  Please come out to support your favorite duck!  Trophies will be awarded for fastest and slowest duck.  
 
Kids will enjoy the duck shoot (three shots for a dollar) and the pluck a duck (we are giving away books to school age kids) at our booth. 
 
We hope to see you at Start of Summer! 
The Rockford Rotary participated in the Rockford Community Expo on Saturday March 19th.  It was a fun day. Many small ducks and candy were distributed along with a few Rotary branded tape measures.  We also gave away between 150 and 200 books to kids as we  continue to promote literacy in our community. As part of the Expo we held a raffle just for fun.  We drew names and gave the winners a choice of $25 in Rockford cash or (4) meal tickets for our Rotary Chicken BBQ in September.  The winners of the drawing were:  Chris Melton, Holly Fiser and Brittany Gemke. 
 
We have notified the winners, but if for some reason you did not get our message, please call Erik Luxhoj at 920.850.0543.  Thank you! 
 
Thank you also to everyone who stopped by our booth, took some candy, chatted with us and entered the raffle.  We enjoyed talking to you!
 
We kicked off sales for our 2022 Duck Race February 8th.  The duck race will take place at the dam in downtown Rockford at the Start of Summer Celebration on June 11th.  Race time is 5 p.m.  The ducks will be displayed in downtown business windows starting May 31st with online voting for the most popular duck starting the same day.  Trophies will be awarded for the Most Popular Duck (online), the Prettiest Duck (most money in the jar at the booth) and Fastest and Slowest duck (river race). If you are interested in purchasing a duck for this year's race, you can sign up HERE.  
 
Last year 206 area businesses decorated ducks.  We are shooting for 325 this year, so sign up now and get to work on that duck!  
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