Truckee Duckee Derbee | Float some ducks, win some bucks |

Truckee Duckee Derbee | Float some ducks, win some bucks

Special to the Sun
The grand raffle prize at the Truckee Duckee Derbee is a Giant mountain bike. All derbee entries are automatically entered in the raffle and grand prize winner need not be present to win.
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The “most unpredictable two minutes in Tahoe,” the 11th Annual Truckee Duckee Derbee, is set for Sunday, June 8 as part of the official Summer Opening Patio Party at the River Ranch Lodge.

The rubber duck races benefit the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe and the afternoon’s festivities include live music provided by Angele and the Wildwood Band on the riverside patio, a barbecue, drink specials, raffle, the hilarious “Dogz in Dudz” K-9 costume contest, and in true derby tradition, the “Cool Catz in Hatz” contest open to all “human” attendees. Festivities run from 1-4 p.m., with the Dogz in Dudz starting at 2 p.m.

The pre-race party and registration starts at 1 p.m; “Dogz in Dudz” at 2 p.m.; the Cool Catz in Hatz at 2:30 p.m. and the Derbee commences immediately after. Cost to sponsor a duck is $10 and the top three ducks win cash. Payout depends on the size of the pot. There is no cost to enter the costume or hat contest. Prizes will be awarded to the most stylish and creative canines and hats as determined by a panel of celebrity judges.

Kristen Ferrall of Lake Tahoe Television and Bill Jensen, publisher of the Squaw Valley Times, will serve as emcees. Among the celebrity judges expected to attend are Olympian and World Cup Champion Tamara McKinney, now a real estate broker with Sierra Sotheby’s in Squaw Valley and Olympian Travis Ganong, who was the top U.S. downhiller at Sochi this winter.

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A Giant mountain bike courtesy of West Shore Sports is the grand prize in the raffle. Winner of the grand prize does not have to be present.

Ducks may be purchased online prior to the event. Pre-race entries will be entered in a special raffle for a $50 gift certificate at the River Ranch. Derbee winners need not be present to collect cash prizes. Deadline is June 1. To buy a duck or for more information go to or call 530-581-0181.

The TDD is supported by the Kiwanis of North Lake Tahoe, Michael Hohl Subaru, Goose Island Brewery, West Shore Sports, Plumas Bank, Charter Communications, Suddenlink, Outside Lake Tahoe TV, Around Tahoe Truckee TV, Squaw Valley Times, the Sierra Sun, Giant Bicycles, Squaw Valley Institute, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows and East River PR.

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