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Rubber Ducky Race lives on despite COVID

Despite the pandemic, almost 8,000 rubber duckies dropped into the Chena River for the final event of the Golden Days celebration.
Despite the pandemic, almost 8,000 rubber duckies dropped into the Chena River for the final event of the Golden Days celebration.(Amanda Hanson/KTVF)
Published: Jul. 19, 2020 at 3:32 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Despite the pandemic, almost 8 thousand rubber duckies dropped into the Chena River for the final event of the Golden Days celebration. Usually the banks of the Chena are packed with standing room only crowds to watch the deluge of little plastic ducks free falling into the river. However, because of COVID-19, the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce had to make major changes to keep the tradition of the rubber ducky race going. This year large crowds were not encouraged and the dropping of the faux floating fowl was streamed on the Chamber’s Facebook page and on YouTube. A few spectators did show up along the banks near the Wendell St. bridge, and were mostly at a safe distance from one another. Unofficial results of the race winners were posted on the Chamber’s Facebook page as of Sunday afternoon. Official results of the race will be posted on Tuesday, July 21.

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