LOGAN, W.Va. — What started as a fun project several years ago by the Logan Lions Club has turned into that service organizations big annual fundraiser. And a local woman who obtained a ticket for the race will be $1,000 dollars richer for her donation to the club, which purchases eyeglasses for needy children in Logan County and does so much more.
Initially a member of the club had heard about another Lions Club holding a Rubber Ducky Race, where they turned a box full of rubber ducks loose in a body of water and provided the winning duck’s “owner” with a grand prize. The Logan Lions figured it would not hurt to give the project a try and — much to their surprise — it turned out to be a very popular activity and a pragmatic fundraiser.
Now, each summer the club, assisted by the Logan Emergency Ambulance Service Authority’s swiftwater rescue team who handles the brief but fun event, sees two large bags of polymer mallards dumped in the Guyandotte River.
For several weeks leading up to the event, Local Lions will hawk tickets for ducks to the general public noting the winner gets a grand prize of $1,000 for risking a $5 bill in donation for a ticket. Winners of the race have come from all walks of life and for two years in a row local youths still in elementary school were the prize takers.
This year’s big race took place on Sept. 10.
“Our winner today was Duck Number 105, sponsored by Rebecca Deskins, who is an employee at the Logan County Courthouse,” Lion Susan Perry said.
The winner will be invited to dinner with the Lions Club of Logan where she will receive a complimentary meal and her prize winnings.
J.D. Charles is a freelance writer and a former reporter for The Logan Banner.