BBBS announces derby, 5K


SIDNEY — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County is making plans for the upcoming annual fundraising event, 2017 Rubber Duck Race. This event will be held on June 22. The Duck launch will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Geib Pavilion in Tawawa Park.

In addition to the duck race, the agency will also host the 11th annual Duck N’ Run/Walk 5k race, which is a part of the Shelby County 5K Tour. The 5k run/walk will be held on the same evening of June 22 with race time at 8:15 p.m. through scenic Tawawa Park in Sidney.

Registration will begin at 7 p.m., and a shot-gun start will begin the race at 8:15 p.m. Runners (walkers also welcome) will follow the course through the scenic park, with refreshments and an awards presentation waiting at the finish line. Runners can pre-register for the event for $25, which includes t-shirt and Rubber Duck Adoption. Twenty dollars allows a runner to participate and receive a t-shirt, or $12 will cover the cost of the race only. Race day registration is $15 and does not include a t-shirt. Duck adoptions and t-shirts will also be sold separately on race day. NEW this year: the first 200 indviduals that register before June 19 will get an entered into a drawing for a $50 amazon card.

The public is invited to come out at 7:30 p.m. for the Rubber Duck Race to cheer on their adopted rubber duck and compete for some awesome prizes.

Last year, nearly 3,000 rubber ducks made their way down Mosquito Creek to compete for the many fabulous prizes. This year’s grand prize will be a $1,000 Shopping Spree (some restrictions may apply!) There are also many other prizes, including; two “three-day” passes to the Country Concert at Hickory Hills, Dayton Dragons tickets, and restaurant gift certificate; and much more!

The Daffy Duck Derby is said to be a fun and exciting way to help children within the Shelby and Darke County communities.

“By ‘adopting’ a rubber duck for $5 or a Daffy Dozen (six ducks) for $25, you not only have a chance to win some fantastic prizes, but you will have made a difference by providing financial support to a Big and Little and our mentoring programs,” said organizers. “Duck adoptions will be available at the BBBS office, Meyers Garage and Drive-Thru in Newport, and on by contacting any of our board members.”

Those who would like to register for the 5k Race, or adopt a “duck,” call the local office at 492-7611 or 547-9622. Interested persons also have the option of obtaining a registration and/or order form on-line. Log on to and download forms today!

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“If you would like more information about becoming a volunteer or are a single parent and would like your child in the program, please call 492-7611 or 547-9622,” concluded organizers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a United Way member agency and an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Start Something…Make A Positive and Lasting Impact!

Here is a file photo of a previous Rubber Duck event held for Big Brothers Big Sisters. is a file photo of a previous Rubber Duck event held for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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