Duck and turtle races are serious business in Elkin.
Elkin Valley Trails Association (EVTA) members rely on duck and turtle races to roll in much needed revenue.
The racing is a type of community fundraiser in which people “adopt” or sponsor numbered, yellow plastic ducks and green turtles that “race” along the Big Elkin Creek to the finish line, according to the head of EVTA.
To help coordinate a successful fundraising effort, trailblazers from EVTA are putting together a planning committee on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Elkin Presbyterian Church located at 151 Hillcrest Drive.
“We have been doing it with the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club in the three-county area. We split it (raised money) with them. We basically sell a chance to win. We put them (ducks and turtles) in above the library at the dam. The ducks and turtles race,” said Dr. Bill Blackley, chairman of EVTA.
“Keven Cheek runs the race. Joe Hicks is involved, too. Pastor Stuart Taylor is the chairman of the Duck and Turtle committee. You bet. Ducks and turtles have a chairman, too.”
According to Blackley, the Yadkin Valley Rotary Club uses the proceed split for scholarships for high school students. “They recognize students who are contributors by volunteering. ‘Service before yourself’ is the Rotary motto,” he said. “For us, some of it will go toward the second bridge. We have a bike course we’re working on. We are putting up a monument, some additional signs. All of the money goes to trail operation development.”
According to Blackley, the 2014 Duck and Turtle Regatta will be held on Sept. 27.
Owners of the first duck(s) to cross the finish line win prizes. The 2014 prizes will be announced at a later date.
The concept of racing ducks against turtles is not new, but ducks and turtles have worked independently from one another.
In Wilkes, instead of ducks, the Yadkin River Greenway Council uses rubber turtles to raise money for and awareness about the greenway.
According to Blackley, the race does more than raise money. “It brings people together,” he said.
Anthony Gonzalez may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @newsgonz.