Rockford

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Rockford, MI  49341
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The Rockford Rotary 2017 Duck Race was completed last night around 6:16 p.m. After waiting about 12 minutes, the crowd gathered on the walking bridge and in the park saw a bunch of ducks round the bend for the last straight away.  As the group of ducks closed on the finish line, two ducks were out in front: the Rockford Housing Commission's Red/White and Blue duck and an anonymous well painted duck with a suspicious helicoptor implanted in its head.  The Housing Commission duck lead the whole way, but its victory was not without drama.  The lead duck snagged on a low hanging branch just 15 feet from the finish line.  This stumble allowed the helicoptor duck to close the gap.  Just when it looked like the Housing Commission duck would suffer a heart breaking defeat, it pulled free of the branch and zipped to the noodle line.   Tragedy turned to triumph as everyone celebrated the drama filled finish.  The Rockford Housing Commission will receive a beautiful wood carved trophy to display in their lobby for a year.
 
2017 Fastest Duck
 
Earlier in the day, the prettiest duck trophy was claimed by Herman's Boy sandwich decorated duck.  The duck had a bun for a hat and lettuce and cheese on its back.   Herman's Boy will receive the huge prettiest duck traveling trophy to display in its store for a year.    (We will post a picture of the Herman's Boy duck as soon as we can round one up).
 
You can see some more pictures of the race here: 2017 Duck Race Photos.
 
Rockford Rotary is investigating claims that a "juiced" Big Daddy Duck has been spotted in the river the day before the Big Daddy Duck race.  Residents were alarmed to see a Big Daddy Duck moving "unnaturally fast" down the river.  One woman claimed that it was able to turn sharply to avoid objects and even seemed to back up at one point.  A local man added his own observations stating that the duck seemed to "have a mind of its own".  He said it was "disturbing" how quickly and smoothly it moved.  Wild rumors circulated that Bill Knape of Knape Industries in Rockford was responsible.  Rockford Rotary immediately dispatched volunteers to the dam area.  However, the spotters only found the usual array of healthy turtles swimming and enjoying themselves.  Rest assured we will keep an eye on the situation and check all race competitors thoroughly before Saturday's 6 p.m. race.  Come downtown Saturday and help us spot the "juiced" duck. 
The Blakeslee-Rop duck (displayed at Project Print in Rockford) was the top vote getter in this year's Duck Prize.  Blakeslee's duck garnered a whopping 3700 votes.  The Farmer's Insurance duck took second with 3128 votes and Northland Tool & Die was third with 2586.  Blakeslee will receive a traveling "Most Popular Duck" trophy.  Please drop by our booth in front of Pegasus to see the winning duck and vote for "The Prettiest Duck in Rockford".  The ducks will be on display on June 9th and 10th in downtown Rockford.  Don't forget to watch the duck race on June 10th at 6 p.m. at the dam.  Thank you everyone for voting in Duck Prize this year!
    "Most Popular Duck in Rockford" - Blakeslee-Rop - 3700 votes
    2nd Place - Farmer's Insurance - 3128 votes
    Third Place - Northland Tool & Die - 2586 votes
We would like to thank the following Rockford businesses for supporting our 2017 Big Daddy Duck race! We could not help the community without your support. 
 
 
 
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