It is time again to start preparing for the Rotary Big Daddy Duck race.  We hold the race yearly at the Start of Summer celebration in Rockford.  The Start of Summer celebration starts the last week of school in Rockford and culminates in a weekend of fun on June 8th, 9th and 10th. 
The duck race has been part of Rotary for many years.  We used to sell tickets whose numbers matched numbers on the bottom of small rubber ducks.  Whoever had the ticket that matched the winning duck would be awarded prize money.  We stopped selling the small ducks about 5 years ago and switched to 10 inch large ducks.  We sell the big ducks to area businesses as a way to raise money for our club.  Businesses decorate the ducks however they want to, exhibit them in our booth at Start of Summer, and race them in the river.  We award trophies for the fastest duck in the race, the most popular duck (online voting by the public) and the prettiest duck (voted on by the public at the booth by putting money in jars for each duck).  All the money raised goes back to the community.  We support many local programs including STRIVE (mentoring program for high school seniors who need a little extra help graduating), Shop with Cop (providing warm clothes for kids in need), Reading Rocks (promoting literacy in Rockford), Rotary pavilion (used in Start of Summer and Harvest Fest for music, etc.), Rotary park, Life Leadership (for high school juniors who exhibit leadership qualities), Youth Exchange (we support international Rotary exchange students) and Polio Plus (eliminating polio worldwide).  
 
Do you want to be a part of the duck race?  Here is what you will receive for your $100 donation to Rockford Rotary:
- Your duck will be displayed at our booth at Start of Summer
- Your duck will be in the Start of Summer parade
- Your company logo will be posted on our Facebook page and our website as soon as you commit to participate until the end of June
- You have the option of participating in our Most Popular Duck contest. If you decide to participate in this, your duck will be displayed in a business in downtown Rockford and will receive votes through our online voting system.  Last year our website receieved over 12000 hits in 10 days during the contest. 
- Your duck will race in the Big Duck race (if you want - you don't have to participate if you want to preserve the duck and not risk it to the dangers of the river). 
- You will have fun and help us raise money for Rockford