Verde River Days, Duck Race Saturday
The 17th annual Verde River Days and the Rotary Duck Race will be held Saturday at Dead Horse Ranch State Park.
Preserving the river for future generations is the primary purpose of Verde River Days. This year's event promises to be the biggest and best ever.
Activities start at 8 a.m. with a fishing clinic at the park's lagoon. Anglers of all ages are invited and will be allowed to fish free without a state fishing license. The Arizona Game & Fish Department will provide fishing gear for those anglers without their own.
About 40 exhibitors will be on hand with displays and information. Live birds, reptiles and animals will be on display, as well as lots of information about the river's environment and watershed.
Family activities will also be available, such as a rock-climbing wall, canoe and kayak rides, a horseshoe tournament, sandcastle building, gold panning and demonstrations of making native-clay pottery. A Jolly Jump-Up also will be on hand.
Food and beverage vendors will be on hand all day.
Entertainment will keep visitors entertained throughout the day. The Cottonwood Community Band, Verde Valley Voices, Sagebrush Wind, Mingus Mountain Cloggers, Cottonwood Roadrunners and the Burnett Family Band will all entertain.
Across the river at Riverfront Park will be the "Show and Glow" car show put on by the Veteran Motor Car Club of America.
Verde River Days will run until 4 p.m.
For information, call 634-7594.
During the same event, the Verde Valley Rotary Club will hold another Duck Race. Last year, this event raised $20,000 for scholarships and assistance programs.
Although much of the money is raised through solicitation and advertising from local business, anyone may purchase tickets for $5 each on the day of the race.
To do so, participants will need to locate the Rotary Club booth at Verde River Days in Dead Horse Ranch State Park.
Each ticket purchased will go into a drawing. A total of 100 tickets will be chosen and those with the winning tickets will be entered into the actual race.
The winning duck will earn its owner a first prize of $1,000.
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