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From ducks to bucks

Barb Botkin received her check for $16,000 from Chuck Capps (left) and Aaron Capps (center) of Advantage Nissan at the Kitsap BlueJackets game on Friday. Botkin’s duck was the first to make it to the shoreline in the Great Kitsap Duck Race July 29 during the Whaling Days celebration. - Photo by Erin Beil
Barb Botkin received her check for $16,000 from Chuck Capps (left) and Aaron Capps (center) of Advantage Nissan at the Kitsap BlueJackets game on Friday. Botkin’s duck was the first to make it to the shoreline in the Great Kitsap Duck Race July 29 during the Whaling Days celebration.
— image credit: Photo by Erin Beil

Standing out on the field at Friday night’s Kitsap BlueJackets game, Barb Botkin was gleaming, she had won.

“I guess I never can say I’m not lucky,” she said with a smile spreading across her face. “My duck has finally come in.”

She was the big winner in this year’s Great Kitsap Duck Race and had the option of taking the keys of a brand-new 2007 Nissan Frontier King Cab pickup truck or $16,000 cash. Botkin took the money.

“With a wedding coming up, a kid still in college and another volunteering (in India), there are plenty of opportunities to share this good fortune,” Botkin said with a laugh.

She also made a donation to Hospice of Kitsap County at the check presentation Friday. Botkin talked about the advantages it brings to the community and how important the organization is.

Attributing her success to her husband Tim, former Kitsap County commissioner, she said he’s always putting her name on raffle tickets and prize entry forms.

“I’m lucky to have a husband that buys a lot of (tickets),” Botkin said with a laugh.

In this case, the tickets were adoption certificates belonging to a five-duck Quack Pack sold by Silverdale Rotarian Natalie Bryson.

“It was wonderful (selling the winning duck),” Bryson said with a smile. “I have sold ducks since the beginning of (the duck race).”

Racing more than 25,000 ducks in the Great Kitsap Duck Race and raising more than $92,000 for Hospice of Kitsap County as well as other Rotary projects, Patricia Roberts, chairwoman of the duck race and more affectionately known as “Madam Duck,” said she was pleased.

“Overall, we worked really hard the entire year so the results were a lot better,” Roberts added. “We had great support from our sponsors ... we are looking forward to breaking our record next year.”

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