Ducky Derby History
This fun event is the brainchild of Jack Brendlinger, Rotary President in 1992. He wanted to create a fund-raising and community-building opportunity that would create camaraderie within the Club, do good for local organizations and fulfill some worldwide needs.  On August 15 1992, thousands of rubber duckies were sent down to race the river for the first time. Now, 26 years later, while the ducks are still the racing stars, the event has grown to become a day-long festival.  It is a full day of live music, youth group booths offering games and activities, bouncy houses, a BBQ lunch, soft drinks and beer, merchandise sales and a silent auction. This yearly fundraiser has benefited 65 non-profit educational, health, human services and youth recreation organizations.
August 11, Aspen CO. Glenwood Springs Resident Miguel Mendoza won the top prize - $10,000 - in the Rotary Club of Aspen's Ducky Derby on Saturday, August 11. Mendoza bought three ducks from a representative of Glenwood High School Cheer, one of about 15 youth groups who partner with the Rotary Club to sell ducks on behalf of their organizations.
Now in its 27th year, this year's floating duck race was threatened by low water levels in the Roaring Fork River. Fortunately, Saturday afternoon's race was saved by two factors. First, the Salvation Ditch Co. agreed to stop diverting water shortly before the race - creating a dramatic increase in the flow of the Roaring Fork. Second, members of the Rotary Club found a way through the Club’s advanced computer program to randomize the duck serial numbers so that everyone who "adopted" a duck had an even chance of winning, even though a reduced number of rubber ducks had to be poured into the river.
Photo: "Head Duck" Mike Connolly congratulates Miguel Mendoza
2018 Winners List
1. Miguel Mendoza
2. Natalie Tanner
3. Kim Arensdorf
4. Barbara Bamblis
5. Jonathon Lewis
6. Lea Bonnier
7. Nina Holcomb
8. David Fortune
9. Aleksandra Graczynski
10. Nancy Blank
The Ducky Derby