Rubber duck races are becoming more popular these days! I love rubber duck races for two reasons……1. The vision of hundreds of thousands of rubber ducks floating along in a river amuses me to no end…….2. All the proceeds from the races go to charities and organizations who really need it.
There are so many duck races going on that I can’t possibly keep up here on Duckshow! However, a race hosted by Adirondack Interpretive Center is especially exciting because it is making history on 2 separate accounts! First of all, they are using rubber loons (custom designed and made by Celebriducks) instead of the traditional rubber duck! Loons (for those of you not familiar) are waterfowl cousins of the duck from northern regions. They have short tails, webbed feet, and a laugh-like cry. Why rubber loons instead if the tradition duck? Because, loons are prevalent and very popular in the Adirondacks! The loon race will be the highlight of a daylong event called ‘Logs and Loons’ that will include programs and educational sessions.
The second reason this is a historical rubber duck event is because it is the first ever race in American history with real ‘Made in America’ rubber ducks….or in this case…rubber loons! You can read the complete story of the making of the custom designed loons by clicking here. And (in case you missed it) you can read about how Celebriducks is bringing the production of rubber ducks back to America where they were first invented here.
On May 26, 2012, a flock of 500 floating rubber loons will be dropped into the Rich Lake Outlet and race to the finish line 400 yards away. The race is part of the AIC’s celebration of its first anniversary under the leadership of the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). Any member of the public who wishes to participate may sponsor an individual loon. Sponsors of the top finishers will receive prizes that include gift certificates to regional restaurants and shops and four free rounds of golf at the High Peaks Golf Course. Proceeds from loon sponsorships will support educational programs at the AIC.
The race takes place at 3pm on Saturday, May 26. To sponsor a loon or even purchase a piece of rubber duck history click here for info on the AIC website or contact Program Manager Rebecca Oyer at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hurry up and get yours because they will go quickly! Just look at this cute little guy! How can you not sponsor him?!