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    Volunteers at the 2019 Rotary Club of Graham Duck Derby help push the rubber ducks to the finish line. This year, the event will be different due to COVID-19 with the club moving toward breaking the world record for the longest line of rubber ducks according to Guinness World Records. (Leader file photo)

Rotary gets its ducks in a row with Duck Derby

Rotary event to attempt world record this year

Getting 20,000 rubber ducks in a row on the Graham downtown square and achieving a Guinness World Record is the new goal of the Rotary Club of Graham Duck Derby which was postponed due to COVID-19.The club is a civic organization which volunteers and gives to organizations within the city such as Habitat for Humanity, Wyatt Dale Water Safety and more.

The event which was originally scheduled for April 18 has moved to the downtown square on Sept. 19 from 4:30-7 p.m. Duck sales went live again on Aug. 1 and are being sold for $5 for an individual duck or $25 for six, $50 for 12 or $100 for 24. So far the club has 5,357 ducks sold from their previous campaign, or 27% of their 20,000 goal, with ducks previously purchased still in the queue for the postponed event.

The Guinness World Record for the longest line of rubber ducks was achieved June 5, 2011 in Seattle, WA, with a total of 17,782 ducks measuring 1.6 km (1 mile) long, according to Guinness World Records. New Rotary Club president Sarah Lundgren said the idea for the Guinness World Record came from having to adapt the event with COVID-19.

For the rest of the story, see the Aug. 8 edition of The Graham Leader.

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