Duck Race

Choteau Soropmists and volunteers collect ducks as they cross the finish line in the one of the heat races on July 3rd in the Choteau City Park.

The Choteau Soroptimists’ annual “duck races” on Spring Creek drew a good crowd of duck ticket-holders to the City Park on July 3 in hopes that their duck would be the grand prize winner.

The Soroptimists sold 800 duck tickets this year up almost 200 from last year. The ducks were launched at 1 p.m. in a rapidly moving Spring Creek with four heats before the main event. The winners of the championship heat were: Silas McLoughlin, $400, for the first-place duck; Darlene Depner, $200, for the second-place duck; and Tooty Hamman, $100, for the third-place duck.

The ducks also raced in four heats with the first-place winner receiving $15, the second $10 and the third, $5. In the first heat, winners were Diane Graf in first, Bonnie Andersen in second and Austin Lindgren in third. In the second heat, Carol Ekergren won the first-place prize, Jessie Pittman took second and Terry Dunn took third. In the third heat, Sandra Dogiakos won first, Katie Bieler’s duck came in second and Piper McCollom took third. In the fourth heat, Hendie Phillips took first, Silas McLoughlin second and Mary Baker third. The last duck to cross the finish line was selected by Lori Chapman. For having the slowest duck she received $25.

Proceeds from the duck races and the Choteau Summer Festival are used to support scholarships and other community events and programs offered through the Choteau Soroptimist organization.