WESTERLY — There will be plenty to quack about in downtown Westerly-Pawcatuck Saturday. That's the day when 20,000 bright yellow rubber duckies are dumped into the Pawcatuck River for a race that benefits more than 40 local schools and charities.
The 21st annual Pawcatuck River Duck Race, a local springtime tradition, attracts upward of 5,000 people each year to the Ocean Community Chamber Foundation produced event, a number that makes it the largest charitable fundraiser in the two-state region, according to Lisa Konicki, the president of the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.
In addition to prizes for the bearers of the lucky duck winning numbers, there will be children's games, rides, food booths, and other activities, all making Duck Day a wonderful family event.
The festivities will begin in Donahue Park at 11:30 a.m. The Corporate Duck Race will be at 1 p.m. and the Main Race at 1:30 p.m. Entertainment will include duck games, bounce house, great food and entertainment.
The Grand Prize is a trip for a family of four (two adults and two children) to Walt Disney World, Orlando, Fla., including airfare, hotel, and park passes or $2,500 cash. More than 90 additional prizes will be awarded to the winning ducks, which include tickets to local attractions and sporting events, gift certificates to local restaurants and merchants. Sponsor a duck for only $5 at the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce or various locations on Race Day.
For more information contact Erica Agnello at The Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce, 401-596-7761.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro