Riverfest duck adoption helps others; scooters donated

The tiny plastic participants in last month’s 16th Annual Great Monticello Duck Race at Riverfest had a unique group of quacker backers rooting for a first-duck finish.

The attraction of participating in a fun-filled event and discussion during a May after-meeting meal gave Mary Jo Nelson, store manager at the Monticello Verizon Wireless World on Seventh Street East, an idea.

“Deb Adams, who lives in Monticello, enlightened everyone regarding Monticello’s Riverfest,” she said. “Adopt-A-Duck caught everyone’s attention immediately.”
Nelson and her fellow employees created a June sales contest that enabled their corporate location to earn team ducks and individual ducks.

According to Nelson, everyone in the Verizon office was wondering and asking what would happen if they won the prize as a team.
This year, the first adopted duck to cross the finish line won its floating fowl foster parents the choice of two new 2013 Honda Metropolitan Scooters or one new 2013 Honda Recon 250 ATV.

The Tuesday after Riverfest concluded, LeRoy Miller with the Riverfest Committee notified Nelson that one of Verizon’s two team ducks had won the festival’s grand prize.

See this week’s print edition of the Monticello Times for the complete story.