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It’s Not Everyday You See A Rubber Duck Race!

When I first heard about the Milford Harbor Duck Race, I knew it was something I had to see.  I have an affinity for strange events and this is definitely one of them.  Thousands of rubber ducks being dumped off a bridge by a front loader and then traveling down the rapids to declare a single winner?!  Yeah, that’s right up my alley.  


The race was set to go down at 2pm, so I met up with my friends Kat a little after 1 to walk around and check out everything else that was going on.  Apparently this is a big event in town…there were people all over the place!  We headed over to Fowler Field where all the action was happening, but on the way we noticed a serious pond scum issue at the finish line…ewwww.


Rubber duck races, aka derby duck races, are actually very popular fundraising events worldwide, but mainly in North America, England and Australia.  Who knew?!  The way it works is that you buy a duck (this race was $5 per duck) with a number on it.  All of the ducks are then dumped into some sort of body of water and the winners get some awesome prizes.  The money is then donated to various charities.  What a great idea!  


I really was surprised at how big an event this was.  Local radio personalities Chaz and AJ were there, a station was set up where you could paint a duck, along with many local vendors.  


There was a huge area for kids to play with carnival type games and tons of blow up houses and slides.


And if you were hungry, there was great food from local restaurants like Joey C’s Roadhouse, Milford Green Pizza and Taste & See Cupcakes.


There really weren’t a ton of things to do for us, so we grabbed some iced teas and took in one of my favorite past times…people watching.  Festivals like this are so great for that! About 5 min before the race was about to start we got on the VERY crowded pedestrian bridge to watch the race.  And that is where we came across the cutest duck of the day!



That outfit is seriously ridiculous.  He looks like a cross between a super cute duck and a mop.  Love it.  

Then it was time to release the ducks…in my opinion, the best part.  The front loader full of ducks was escorted by a giant walking duck mascot to the bridge at the top of the Wepawaug River (hey that’s the same river I went hiking along a few weeks ago!) and dumbed them in.  It was a yellow waterfall of ducks and it was hysterical!


And just like that, they were down the rapids!  The river was moving pretty swiftly from all the rain we had earlier in the week, so it didn’t take very long for them to make their way down.




There was even a drone flying overhead capturing all the action!


They passed under the bridge and made their way to the finish line and down the chute. There was a whole committee there to grab the winning ducks.



The Winner!

The whole race took about 5 minutes, but it was highly entertaining.  It’s not everyday that you get to see people cheering on rubber ducks.  However, it probably should be…imagine how happy everyone would be 🙂

Have you ever been to a duck race?

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