THE 2020 CURWOOD DUCK RACE took place in downtown Owosso on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 2 – even though the Curwood Festival was cancelled in June due to the pandemic. The small, plastic ducks were released from a city loader at the top of the Main Street Bridge at 3 p.m. The ducks floated down the Shiawassee River toward the Heritage Bridge in Curwood Castle Park.

   Volunteers and Curwood Festival organizers gathered near the Heritage Bridge to catch the barrage of ducks. A series of temporary barricades had been placed across the river to make sure there weren’t any runaways.

   The Curwood Duck Race is a raffle fundraiser. This year, efforts were directed to establishing the Kyler J. Raffaelli Scholarship Fund to support trade school students. The memorial scholarship will be offered through the Shiawassee Community Foundation. Raffaelli was only 23 when he was killed on Saturday, July 13, 2019 in a vehicle accident.

   Kyler’s parents, Mike and Dede Raffaelli, and his sister, Anna, were on hand to catch the winning ducks in the raffle. Mike carried out the first and second-place winning ducks.

   Winners were Jason and Karen Harris (1st-place for $500), Sherri Bakos (2nd-place for $400), Conner Sergeant (3rd-place for $300) and Lisa Hood (4th-place for $200). Fifth and 6th-place winners were J. Mahoney and Tim Scheffler.

(Independent Photo/Karen Mead-Elford)

2020 Curwood Duck Race was last modified: August 10th, 2020 by Karen Elford