Kennebunk Portside Rotary’s 23rd annual Riverfest Duck Race raised a record $10,000 for its community and international outreach programs. For 23 summers Kennebunk Portside Rotarians have been visible in high profile venues selling little yellow, pink and blue plastic ducks for a donation and a chance to win $1,000 in a duck race in August. This year former and incoming president, Bob Wester, chaired the event, urging his fellow members to work more shifts with even more enthusiasm to increase proceeds for the event. It worked. On race day, Aug. 15, Rotarians filled Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, urging tourists to make the donation to enter a duck in the race. Ducks were thrown in the Kennebunk River basin and spectators watched from the Mathew J. Lanigan Bridge to catch a glimpse of the winning duck in three heats and a final race for the $1,000 prize. Rotarians kept busy scrambling in canoes and kayaks to capture wayward ducks floating away down the river. Winners of cash prizes were: Grand prize winner of $1,000, Mandy Olber of Winterport; and Winners of the three heats, $50 each: Mandy Olber, Tim Tully of Andover, Massachusetts and Kim Fyffe of Bethel, Connecticut. All net proceeds are invested in the club’s community and international projects including Community Connections mentoring program for Sea Road School fifth-graders; Dictionary project for all third-graders; scholarships for high school seniors; Know Your Community for fifth-graders at Kennebunkport Consolidated School; and providing school desks for children in Bikaner, India. (Courtesy photos) 6p1.jpg