16th annual Rubber Duck Derby
When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Race at 3 p.m.
Where: Clarks Bridge Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: Free to attend
Contact: 770-656-2527, 770-532-8102, www.rubberduckderby.com.
This Saturday, thousands of rubber ducks will make a stop at Lake Lanier for the 16th annual Rubber Duck Derby on their way north for the summer.
Thousands of “adopted” rubber ducks will be released in the lake and the owner of the first one to reach the shore will walk away with a grand prize of $10,000. The event is one of the most important fundraisers of the year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hall County.
“The event is really unique and fun,” said Joyce Wilson, vice president of development and marketing for the organization. “Nothing like this is done in our area right now.”
In addition to the race, the derby will feature a variety of family friendly events such as bounce houses, carnival games, petting zoos, pony rides, face painting, vendors and arts and crafts. Additional prizes and rewards, including a $1,000 prize and a portable generator, will also be given away.
The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Clarks Bridge Park at 3105 Clarks Bridge Road. At 3 p.m., more than 16,000 rubber ducks, sporting fashionable sunglasses, will be cast into Lake Lanier.
Wilson hopes to find adopters for every duck, which will equate to more than $150,000 in funding for the program. The event is vital to the clubs, which largely rely on fundraisers to operate. The clubs provide a variety of activities and after-school programs to help promote academic success, good character and citizenship and healthy lifestyles in area youth between the ages of 6 and 18.
“Fees are about $40 for a year of membership and after-school programs are free,” Wilson said. “That is why it is so vitally important to have these events to procure the funds for our organizations.”
Single ducks can adopted for $5, while Quack Packs are $25 for six ducks and grand packs are $100 for 25. To adopt, call the Duck Line at 770-656-2527 or 770-532-8102 or visit www.rubberduckderby.com.