GRAND BLANC — After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the Grand Blanc Educational Foundation’s annual duck race fundraiser is back for 2021.
Tickets cost $5 and are available from any GBEF member. Tickets also will be available at the Grand Blanc Art Fair and on race day at Rust Park.
This year, fewer tickets were printed, so ticketholders will have a better chance at one of the seven prizes available.
New this year, the second-place winner will receive a chauffeur-driven ride in a classic car to a restaurant of his or her choice, and dinner for four.
The first-place winner will receive $500, third will receive $100, and fourth through seventh each will receive $50. The last place finisher will get their $5 back.
There also will be two random drawings for the free use of a new Cadillac for one weekend, compliments of Al Serra.
After the main race, the children who are present will have the opportunity to choose a duck and there will be a second race for the kids to win cash prizes, as well.
All funds raised will go toward the grants the GBEF provides to staff members in the school district who want to provide students with unique, innovative opportunities such as guest speakers, field trips and special events, or who want to provide unique supplies in their classrooms.
“There are a lot of different opportunities and we’ve had a lot of amazing requests come through,” said GBEF Chairwoman Yasmeen Youngs.
“This is our only active fundraiser. People can donate all year long, but since this is our only active fundraiser, it’s an important one.”
The plastic ducks will be released at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, in Thread Creek at Rust Park. The Grand Blanc Fire Department will be on hand to provide extra water to keep the creek flowing and move the ducks toward the finish line. The race goes from the bridge to a point about 100 yards away.
“It’s just something fun,” said Youngs. “It’s just a great little community event and for a great purpose.”
Ticketholders need not be present to win.