Giant duck rests up for Rotary race

A lone, larger-than-life rubber duck floats sideways in Lake Placid’s Mill Pond, reflected above the dam on Thursday — a preview of the annual Lake Placid Dam Duck Race, put on by the Rotary Club of Lake Placid. (Enterprise photo — Antonio Olivero)

LAKE PLACID — On Saturday, 1,200 little rubber ducks will be lined up in Mill Pond and released toward a finish line downstream as part of the annual Lake Placid Dam Duck Race.

The Father’s Day weekend event is the Rotary Club of Lake Placid’s largest fundraiser.

First prize for the holder of the winning duck ticket is $1,000, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100. Tickets sell for $10 per duck or three for $25.

The club uses the proceeds to provide support for a number of local community groups and causes, including the Ecumenical Charity Food Program, American Red Cross, Lake Placid Beautification, Mercy Care for the Adirondacks, North Country Life Flight, North Elba Christmas Fund, Thomas Shipman Memorial Youth Center and United Way of the Adirondack Region.