And they're off!

Saturday, August 8th, marked Teton Valley Rotary’s 2nd annual Ducks in the Ditch event designed to raise money for civic projects.  This year’s funding will be directed toward Rotary’s partnership with the City of Driggs to improve the local City Park with playground equipment that fits ADA guidelines to accommodate access for all children.  In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Teton County Fair the event started at the fairgrounds in the ditch north of the pavilion and ended in front of the Valley Shopping Center.  Over 1200 ducks competed in the swirling waters, passing under Highway 33, brushing with disaster in the weeds, and getting caught in the eddies as they made their way down the ditch.  Final winners toughed it out to cross the finish line ahead of the pack.
Ten prizes were awarded in all.  Winners included Dan Taylor, Carrie Mowrey, Cara Barnes, Mike Morey, Sarah Smith, Steve Beres, Jenny Bitner, Lane Steel, and  Brent Robson. One little duck, destined to finish 2nd, got caught in a tiny swirl at the finish line and finished 8th as bystanders were urging her on.  Rotary thanks Grand Targhee, Teton Valley Lodge, Stillwaters Spa, Sands Whitewater, Izzy’s Oils, the Detail Shop, Fall River Electric, the Links, Action Excavation and MD Nursery for donating prizes.  Rotary also extends a major thank you to our 2015-16 sponsors Broulims, Cooke & Kearsley, Headwaters Construction, Teton Valley Health Care, and Teton Valley Lodge.  Without the support of local businesses, Rotary could not provide service projects to our community.  Thank you sponsors! And a big thank you to Sheriff Tony for providing safe passage for spectators as the ducks crossed under highway 33.
Teton Valley Rotary meets Wednesdays at The Senior Center in the City Building at noon.  Visitors are welcome.    You can learn more about Teton Valley Rotary at  Come join us and serve our valley.