The Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop presented by U.S. Bank is right around the corner, set for Aug. 5-6.

The Ozark Coast Kiwanis is excited to bring this family fun event back to the Lake for its eighth year and announce U.S. Bank as the presenting sponsor for 2016, according to a news release from the nonprofit organization’s Duck Drop Committee co-chair Michelle Cook.

“We are proud to join with Kiwanis in giving back to the community,” said Jason Chamberlin, U.S. Bank district manager, in the news release.

The format of the event will be similar as in years past with the kick-off to the two-day festivities beginning on Aug. 5 with the Duck Drop Golf Tournament at The Ridge Golf Course at Lodge of Four Seasons. There will be obstacles and contests on nearly every hole so not only are the players challenged by the course itself, but they will also be challenged in different ways, the news release said. Bucket holes, regulation holes, nets blocking approach shots and various other “ducky” hazards challenged the best golfers and those of all skill levels.

Before hitting the links with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun start, lunch will be served. The awards ceremony will follow the tournament at the course.

For the second year, the Ozark Coast Kiwanis is partnering with Lake of the Ozarks Big Brother Big Sisters Chapter and will split proceeds from the golf tournament.

“Our goal is to offer one of the most memorable and unique tournaments to play at the Lake,” said Mike Waggett, event co-chair, in the news release. “We have evolved and added new elements every year which is great and keeps players coming back year after year. And, you get Duck Drop tickets with your entry so you are automatically entered to win $5,000 and we have had golfers win top prizes every year.”

The Long Putt Contest for $5,000, a hole-in-one contest for a new car and multiple on-course events with prizes are also part of the festivities.

The entry is $125 per player, which includes 10 Duck Drop tickets per player (a $50 value per player), lunch, 18 holes of golf, tournament goody bag and a day of fun activities during the event.

On the morning of Aug. 6, the Free Family Fun Zone will open at the Lake Ozark RV & Campground, below Bagnell Dam. Many area businesses and organizations set up booths with games and activities for the kiddos plus bounce houses, a dunking booth, a building station, grilling and more.

At noon all eyes turn to the Osage River as Lake Ozark Helicopter takes flight in preparation of releasing hundreds of rubber ducks into the Osage River to race to the finish. As in past years, not all of the ducks can fit in the helicopter so with the help of watercraft donated by Iguana Watersports the rest are released into the race on the river.

“I can’t believe we are already in our eighth year with this event and it just keeps getting better. It is so great to stand back and watch all of the kids having fun with their families and know that we are raising money for area kids in need at the same time,” Cook said. “Every year brings different elements since are outside but we have overall been very fortunate to be able continue every year and if you don’t have plans that day we can always use volunteers to help out.”

Eleven prizes are up for grabs this year with the least valued at $100. Top prize once again will be $5,000 cash, followed by $1,000 cash and the other nine prizes.

After the race, the winners will be announced in the family fun zone around 1 p.m. and you do not need to be present to win.  Parking and admission to the event is free.

For all of the details visit www.GreatDamDuckDrop.com, including golf tournament details and registration along with all of the details for the free Family Fun Zone and pictures from past years. For questions, call 573-552-8403.

Ozark Coast Kiwanis prepares for Great Bagnell Dam Duck Drop Aug. 5-6
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