Our 10th annual Ducky Day fundraiser for the mill, Oct. 5, was finally blessed with a beautiful and dry fall day! 535 rubber ducks went into the Stevens River and floated to the finish line, helped along by our duck minders and caught at the end by our talented rubber duck catchers. A record $3,400 was raised – hooray!
Thirty five fantastic prizes were picked by thirty five lucky winners as well as kids' prizes and a successful wooden water tub raffle. Many many thanks to all who donated the prizes and to Hiram Allen and Eric Esser for, once again, crafting a beautiful water tub at the mill.
This year we had a few new twists to the duck race – one out of every one hundred ducks was a Lucky Duck winner for an extra prize and Quack Packs were sold (5 ducks for $20) which gave the buyers an extra duck for their money.
The crowd was plentiful and it was wonderful to see all the kids helping to make cider and cheering their ducks on during the race. Tritium Well provided the great music, the Barnet Trailblazers and their food truck kept us fed and Boy Scout Troop #707 from St. Johnsbury lit a campfire and roasted marshmallows.
Hats off to our volunteers who help us faithfully every year to make Ducky Day, our one fundraiser for Ben's Mill, a success. We appreciate you!