Saturday June 9th, Rockford Rotary crowned three ducks decorated by local businesses as big winners in the 2018 Big Daddy Duck Race.  The most popular duck was determined by online voting by the public from late May to June 8th.  IPM won the most popular vote with over 1100 votes in this year's contest.  They got a big lead early and just kept pouring on the votes.  The prettiest duck award was determined by the voting public again. This time the method was slightly different.  People at start of summer viewed the ducks at the Rotary booth and voted for their favorite duck with their hard earned money.  We had a close race this year between the Bridge Street Burger Shack, Knape Industries and Rockford's Michael Depres.  Depres had a duck covered with play money. Knape Industries pulled out all the stops with a gold plated duck that included a painting glove for a tail and several cool car emblems on it.  Bill Knape of Knape Industries claimed the plating was fools gold. It turned out he was right because the Bridge Street Burger Shack won it all with a fantastic duck sporting a grill with burgers.  The final prize was for the fastest duck.  The water was high this year, and the river was running fast.  The unofficial time on the course was under 10 minutes. That is over 2 minutes faster than the all time fastest race.  The finish was very, very close.  The Bridge Street Burger Shack almost made history with two awards in one year as it finished an extremely close second to Rockford Accounting's duck.  The 'Shack duck was sneaky with its dual keel, but in the end the accounting duck was just plain faster.  
 
Thank you everyone for participating in this year's contest.  We really appreciate your support!  
Look for our thank you on Facebook soon. We will post all the businesses logos as an additional thank you for their support. 
 
 
Saturday June 9th, Rockford Rotary crowned three ducks decorated by local businesses as big winners in the 2018 Big Daddy Duck Race.  The most popular duck was determined by online voting by the public from late May to June 8th.  IPM won the most popular vote with over 1100 votes in this year's contest.  They got a big lead early and just kept pouring on the votes.  The prettiest duck award was determined by the voting public again. This time the method was slightly different.  People at start of summer viewed the ducks at the Rotary booth and voted for their favorite duck with their hard earned money.  We had a close race this year between the Bridge Street Burger Shack, Knape Industries and Rockford's Michael Depres.  Depres had a duck covered with play money. Knape Industries pulled out all the stops with a gold plated duck that included a painting glove for a tail and several cool car emblems on it.  Bill Knape of Knape Industries claimed the plating was fools gold. It turned out he was right because the Bridge Street Burger Shack won it all with a fantastic duck sporting a grill with burgers.  The final prize was for the fastest duck.  The water was high this year, and the river was running fast.  The unofficial time on the course was under 10 minutes. That is over 2 minutes faster than the all time fastest race.  The finish was very, very close.  The Bridge Street Burger Shack almost made history with two awards in one year as it finished an extremely close second to Rockford Accounting's duck.  The 'Shack duck was sneaky with its dual keel, but in the end the accounting duck was just plain faster.  
 
Thank you everyone for participating in this year's contest.  We really appreciate your support!  
Look for our thank you on Facebook soon. We will post all the businesses logos as an additional thank you for their support.