Rubber ducky race for a cause

A dump truck spilled thousands of rubber duckies onto a Slip ‘N Slide — and the odd sight was for a good cause.

A surprisingly large crowd gathered to watch the annual Saline Rotary Club Rubber Duck Race at Mill Pond Park Saturday.

The annual fundraiser was a sell out, more than 400 tickets sold. On the day of the race, Rotary leaders called members and asked them to bring any remaining tickets to the Saline Celtic Festival, where sales were brisk.

The sell out meant there were a lot of rubber ducks in the race. People of all ages lined the creek and stood atop the Bowley Bridge to watch the bright yellow ducks float to the finish. After a couple of heats, race organizers had their finalists.

Rotarian Lyle Wahl tossed the ducks into the race for the championship heat.

The annual duck race supports Saline Rotary Club’s community projects, which include include support for Saline Area Social Service, scholarships, Boy Scout Troop 446 and much more.