Saturday afternoon under sunny skies and a cool breeze, the Great Calusa Duck Race took place at a new venue the Low Key Tiki.
"We're really excited to be here at Low Key Tiki for the Calusa Land Trust's 19th annual Calusa Duck Race," CLT President John Kendall said before the race. "The flock of 1,000 ducks has grown since 1998 to 3,000 ducks. These ducks are now very experienced and ready for this year's race. They have been given a complete physical and are being fed high-octane grain while getting ready to race their hearts out."
The race began shortly after 4 p.m. The winners of the duck race are: Super Duck Winner of $1,000, April Grant; Duck Race First Place of $1,000, Steve Welch; Duck Race Second Place of $500, Bob Scudder; and Duck Race Third Place of $250, Sharon Lepley.
The Hot Flashz performs “Yellow Sub-marine.”
Gift baskets held over $200 of gift cards and donated goodies: Duck Race Fourth Place Gift Basket, Rosie Alexander; Duck Race Fifth Place Gift Basket, Andy; Duck Race Sixth Place Gift Basket, Bob Sofranko; Duck Race Seventh Place Gift Basket, Kell; and Duck Race 8th Place Gift Basket, Mary Fowler.
The purpose of the Calusa Land Trust is to protect the natural diversity and beauty of the Pine Island region by acquiring, managing and preserving in perpetuity environmentally sensitive or historically important land and to foster appreciation for and understanding of the environment and our past.
"This is an important fundraiser for the Calusa Land Trust," Kendall said. "Overall it was a very successful day and we did better than last year with a grand total of $28,000."