It was a close race, but the winner of the ninth annual Lions Kenai Rubber Ducky Race on Saturday was lucky No. 415.
The race is an annual event sponsored by the Kenai Lions Club. The club, with the motto "We serve," is a part of the largest international service organization, said Joe Donahue, a Lions member.
This year's event helped raise money to buy eye glasses for youths, help members of the community with catastrophic illnesses and to fund a handi-capable park in Kenai with five tables, five fire pits and a restroom that are all wheelchair assessable.
Two ducky races were held.
In the first race, First National Bank of Anchorage's duck beat the 34 ducks representing businesses.
In the community ducky race, No. 415 outswam about 500 yellow rubber duckies down the Kenai River.
Joan Schrader won the grand prize winner of $6,000 for having ducky No. 415. She said she bought a $20 ticket Friday and immediately put the race out of her mind because she said the ticket was to show support for the Lions.
"The Lions do such a nice job throughout our community," she said.
She was notified Saturday afternoon, after the race, about her prize.
"I was very happy to be reminded of it," she said.
As of Saturday evening, Schrader said she did not know what she was going to do with the money.
"It's still really not real," she said.
Though she has participated in the race for more than three years, she said this was the first time she won.
"But not the last," she added.
Ducks were sold for $25 for a whole duck, or for $20 and $5 for parts.
One person could have bought five portions of five ducks, Donahue said.
He said 10 names were drawn after the race was finished, including three $5 winners, and seven $20 winners.
"We want people with both (money) amounts to participate," Donahue said.
Donahue said the race is the major fund-raiser for the club.
"It is a fun way to raise money, and it gives people a chance to win," he said.
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