Rubber duckies race for students

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Thousands of rubber ducks bobbed down the Sacramento River on Thursday afternoon, all to benefit Colusa’s sixth graders.

Although members of the Lion’s Club were unable to pinpoint how many years they have been doing the charity stunt, it has become tradition, every Fourth of July, like clockwork at 2 PM.

“It’s like the ball dropping in New York City on New Year’s Eve. We do it every year at the same time,” said Lion’s Club member, Jim Pingrey.

Ducks were purchased for $5 to help the youth, but also for a chance at a 10,000 percent return. The $500 for the first duck to cross the finish line went to Ed Conrado; $300 second place duck went to Jay Flagor; and the $200 third place duck went to Janet Staple.

The rest of the profits came out to $1,500 according to Larry Yeghoian of the Lion’s Club. Officials at the Lion’s Club will present the proceeds to the principal of Egling middle school during the school’s open house, later this spring. The races fund a field trip for sixth graders to attend Shady Creek, a week long science camp.

After the rubber ducks reached the finish line at the bridge, members of the Lion’s Club and members of the community with boats and fishing nets combed the river for any stragglers.

The event was renamed the ‘Jim Davison Memorial Rubber Duckie Race,’ in honor of the event’s co-founder, who passed away in 2017.