A ducky day for Evergreen as annual derby sends 7,500 plastic fowl down Bear Creek

Fundraiser draws hundreds hoping for $1,500 grand prize

Olivia Jewell Love
olove@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/7/22

Collective chants of “drop the ducks!” could likely be heard for miles as everyone in downtown Evergreen cheered in anticipation of the big duck drop of 2022.

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A ducky day for Evergreen as annual derby sends 7,500 plastic fowl down Bear Creek

Fundraiser draws hundreds hoping for $1,500 grand prize

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Collective chants of “drop the ducks!” could likely be heard for miles as everyone in downtown Evergreen cheered in anticipation of the big duck drop of 2022.

On Aug. 6, 7,500 rubber ducks floated down Bear Creek after an 85-foot drop from a fire engine as part of the annual Dam Ducky Derby. Hopes were high for floating to the finish line first to snag the $1,500 prize. 

This yearly event helps Downtown Evergreen fund the winter Annual Downtown Evergreen Holiday Walk, and a portion of the funds goes to the Evergreen Animal Protective League. 

This year’s derby sold out of all 7,500 ducks. 

Denise Tricomi was the event coordinator for the 2022 Dam Duck Derby. This year, the event featured many local businesses and nonprofits for people to check out in the main parking lot. All the booths featured Colorado-themed activities. 

Tricomi was thankful for what she called a “very generous community” in making the event happen. 

One of the booths this year was for Evergreen Art School, formerly known as “Art’s cool,” run by founder/teacher Jules Elders. At her tent, kids could paint and draw along with the day’s theme.

“We are having the kids paint yellow plastic ducks,” she said. 

Elders also had her own art on display for sale, all of which she had made during her instructional art lessons. 

Elders offers adult paint ‘n sip classes, birthday parties, kids classes and more. She rolls out the August schedule soon, so to learn how to create art in five mediums, be sure to check out evergreenartschool.com

Kyla Dolecek, who lives in Evergreen with her family, came out to her second Dam Ducky Derby this year. 

She said the event is always a hit for her two daughters. 

“They love it," she said. "This might be one of their favorite Evergreen events."

Dolecek purchased a “six-quack” of ducks for the family, and they were all hopeful for a speedy trip down the creek. 

The Swift Water Rescue Team of Evergreen Fire and Rescue were an important part of the day, as they waded through the creek and helped free trapped ducks from debris on their way to the finish line. 

People anxiously crowded the edge of the creek at the 1 p.m. drop, hoping to be the lucky duck that would win the first place prize of $1,500, or $1,000 and $500 for second and third, respectively. There were many other prizes donated by local businesses that random ducks won, including gift baskets, Avalanche tickets, shopping sprees and more.

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