When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at
Where: Clarks Bridge Park. 3105 Clarks Bridge Road
Cost: Free to attend
More info: rubberduckderby.com
This year’s Rubber Duck Derby, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County, will again prove it is all it’s quacked up to be.
The family fun will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 16, at Clarks Bridge Park at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road. The free event will be complete with everything from arts and crafts to bounce houses, carnival games, live entertainment and finally, the much-anticipated rubber duck derby race.
More than 20,000 rubber ducks will be set free to race to the finish line on Lake Lanier, where the person holding the winning duck’s number will win the grand prize of $10,000.
"This will be our largest year ever," said Joyce Wilson, vice president of development and marketing for Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County. "Last year, we sold 18,000 (ducks) and this year we expect to sell out at 20,000."
Ducks may be purchased at any event sponsor, online at rubberduckderby.com or on race day at the venue. Residents are encouraged to donate at least $5 for one rubber duck to compete in the race but can buy six ducks for $25 or 25 ducks for $100. Ducks may be purchased up to a half an hour before race time.
In addition to the grand prize, other prizes will be awarded. They include a one-carat diamond solitaire valued at $5,000, Lake Lanier Islands getaway passes, Walt Disney World Park Hopper passes and a Yeti cooler.
Participants do not have to be present to win prizes.
The event is one of the Boys & Girls Clubs’ most important fundraisers of the year. It is vital to help the club continue to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the youth of Hall County at a low cost.
"It’s a great event," Wilson said. "It’ll be a lot of fun."