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Pine River Duck Races start June 23

Pine River Duck Races will begin the racing season Friday, June 23, at the Pine River Dam in Pine River. The races are co-sponsored and used as fundraisers by the Pine River Chamber of Commerce and the Riverview Church Youth Group. Races are run ...

Pine River Duck Races will begin the racing season Friday, June 23, at the Pine River Dam in Pine River.

The races are co-sponsored and used as fundraisers by the Pine River Chamber of Commerce and the Riverview Church Youth Group.

Races are run each Friday through Aug. 18 with registration beginning at 1:45 p.m. and the first flight taking off at 2 p.m. The event lasts for one to one-and-a-half hours.

Duck racers rent a duck (actually a decoy) with a number on its back for $1 each. Racers may purchase more than one duck. For each duck rented, the racer will receive one "Duck Buck" with a number of free or discounted offers or items on the back.

Flights of 50 ducks are dumped off the Pine River Dam and use the current to streak down river where a first-, second- and third-place duck will be called out by the official duck catchers. Each will receive a ribbon and a prize along with the "slow duck" of the race, which will also receive a prize.

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After the heats are over, ribbon winners and the slow duck winner will be entered in the Grand Duck Off Race of the day. Only one winner will be crowned as the Duke or Duchess of Duck for the week, receiving a crown and scepter along with the day's grand prize.

For more information, call the Pine River Chamber of Commerce at 218-587-4000.

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