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Tickets are on Sale for Explore America's Duck Race


Pictured from left to right is the Explore America group that went to Washington DC and New York City in 2016: Tanner Reynolds, Tylor Patten, Taryn Candee, Pat Hardy, Brett Andreasen, Parker Jensen, Chandler Norby, Zach Tabbert, Jonathan Tabbert, Mackenzie Bacon, Courtney Seadeek, Kelly Danielson, Emma Skov, Jenna Bieber, Kacie Brodhead, Martha Hurley, Justina Fugate.

Everyone will be saying, "Rubber ducky, you're the one!" at this year's Duck Race during the Fairview Old Timer's Reunion and Summer Festival. Ducks will be dropped in the water on Saturday at 4:00pm from the canal bridge on County Road 134, and ticket holders will wait in anticipation to see who walks away with the $2,000 1st prize, $1,000 2nd prize, and $500 3rd prize. And of course, the $50 prize awarded to the tough-luck duck, the last to be pulled from the canal.

This is the 12th year that the Duck Race has been raising funds; it initially began as a way to generate money for the Fairview Pool, and when that goal was met, the City of Fairview graciously passed the popular Duck Race to the Fairview High School's Explore America Club.

Explore America raises money throughout the year selling concessions and organizes the Duck Race during the summer in order to fund an educational and historical seven-day trip to Washington DC and New York City. There are 23 juniors planning on attending the trip in March of 2017, with each student costing about $4,000.

"The kids put a lot of work into this and the community has always been very supportive," School Librarian and Explore America Advisor AnnDee Taylor commented. She added, "We've had winners in the past want to donate the money back to the club, and while that's very generous, we only use the money raised through ticket sales towards the trip. The prize money has to go home with the winners; it is part of what makes it fun."

Explore America members are currently selling tickets at businesses and door-to-door for $20 a ticket or $100 for a book of six; if anyone would like to purchase tickets, they can contact Taylor at 406-480-0927. As the ducks finish their half-mile route at the Brodhead House, prizes will be awarded on-the-spot, however, you don't need to be present to win.

Explore America would like to thank all of their past supporters; last year the Duck Race generated $42,000 in funds and was an essential part of making the 2016 trip a success.


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