It was a warm and sunny day on September 7 and members of the Logan Emergency Ambulance service Authority were out in the river… but they were not performing a search and rescue mission. Nor were they training. The LEASA stalwarts were assisting the Lions Club of Logan with their annual fundraising event, the 2013 Lions Club Rubber Duck Race.
“This is an event the Lions began doing several years ago as a fundraiser, because it was different and because nobody else was doing anything similar to it, it just caught on,” explained one longtime Lions Club member. “It’s a pretty good event. For a small donation you get a ticket… we paint your number from the tickets on the back of a rubber duck, even though they are now actually made of some high impact polymer. The day of the race the ducks are dropped into the Guyandotte and LEASA crews go out and gather them up. The first duck across the finish line is the big winner.”
The grand prize for the duck race is $1,000.
“In the past we have had some elementary school age children win,” noted Lion Roger Perry, who has been the club’s top promoter of the event. Perry and other Lions can be found at Chief Logan State Park every summer where they promote the event to theatergoers at the Aracoma Story Inc. plays.
“This year we had another young winner,” Lions President Chuck Puckett said. “This year’s winner was Baxter Frye, Jim Frye’s teenaged son. Duck number one was the winner.”