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Duckfest 2011

Today is a very special day for rubber duck collectors around the world. You see, today is Duckfest 2011  in Seattle, Washington at the home of Charlotte Lee-the Guinness Book of World Records holder for the largest duckie collection! Let me explain a little about Duckfest for those who are not familiar with it. Duckfest is the only national convention for rubber duck collectors.  At Duckfest you will find selling and trading of rubber ducks, rubber duck games, rubber duck themed food, and everything else duck-a-licious! The last Duckfest was held in NYC. You can see pics of it here. This year is a special year because those who attend will get to see the largest rubber duck collection in the world! That’s over 5,000 ducks!!! See a piece of the collection for yourself:

Stay tuned for pictures from the this year’s fest! It will undoubtedly be something to quack about!!!


First off, I must say that Opal London has a line of collectable ducks that is highly creative. My personal favorite is “Tarty Ann”….”the siren from the highlands” they call her. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more crazier, they come out with this little gem. This duck is the first of a new line of “deluxe” ducks. She is described as “bolder and brasher than ever. The Queen of the ducks, Ducktannia rules the waves.” Both patriotic and whimsical, this duck takes duck collecting to a new high! Stay tuned for some adventures of this duck as soon as I get my hands on her! Cheers!

You can order your own Ducktannia here. And to see their entire line of collectable ducks click here.

Another Rubber Duck World Record

As far as I know there are two rubber duck related world records in the Guinness Book…..#1. Charlotte Lee holds the world record for the largest rubber duck collection (well over 5, 000 rubber ducks!). #2. The Great British Duck Race holds the world record for the most ducks raced in a charity event (around 165,000 ducks were raced down the River Thames!).

Now there is another rubber duck related Guinness World record out there for…….the longest line of ducks in a row! With the help of 80 volunteers, Seattle startup company Cozi organized a mile-long chain of 17,782 rubber ducks in Seattle’s Magnuson Park on Sunday. It was declared a world record by a Guinness World Record adjudicator. You can learn more about Cozi and see how they help people get their “ducks in a row”  here.

I can only imagine how long this must have taken to set up and clean up! I wonder who was the “lucky duck” who got the task of counting all those ducks? I do know this…Seattle loves rubber ducks. How do I know? Let me give you a hint…..Duckfest Seattle! But more on that later…….

Explorer Duck Visits Holland!

In case you have just tuned in to Duckshow, a rubber duck (that was fittingly named Explorer Duck) has been traveling the globe leaving her duckprints everywhere. Duck collectors from every end of the earth have been hosting her in their cities. She has already been to some fabulous cities (including here-in NYC).  I must say…I envy her, the lucky duck ;) I have been tracking her travels here on Duckshow and documenting her global adventures! When last we left Explorer Duck, she was making her way around London. Recently she traveled to the Netherlands! I never knew a rubber duck could look so great in wooden shoes!

And here is Explorer Duck tiptoeing through the Dutch tulips! She is almost camouflaged!

A trip to Holland is not complete without seeing some of their famous windmills!

Next up-the Royal Palace in Dam Square in AMSTERDAM! And-like the locals-Explorer Duck is traveling by bike. If you have ever been to Amsterdam, one thing you will never forget (even if you eat the magic mushrooms there ;) is the overwhelming numbers of bikes parked everywhere!

Explorer Duck: “I did not have the mushrooms, but the cheese was delicious.”

Explorer Duck at one of the gorgeous canals. Did she go for a quick swim?

Maybe she did not go for a swim in the canal, but she did take a dip with one of the local Scottish cattle.

Explorer Duck: “I will float quietly as not to disturb this elusive harry wildebeast. Shhhhh, quack.”

These photos were all taken by fellow duck collector and Dutch native Marieke L. There are so many other quack-tastic photos of her trip through the Netherlands. You can see those as well as photos from her other travels thus far here.

Austroducks New Designs Are Something to Squeak About!

Duckshow is taking a break from it’s Vegas Adventures today to travel across the pond to report some exciting news! You see, Austroducks (from Austria) has designed a couple of new ducks that every collector will no doubt be adding to their collection! Austroduck’s creator, Rudolf Doppelbauer, started a line of rubber ducks with an Austrian theme not too long ago. You may know his infamous “Mozart” duck:

Well, he’s at it again! This time with two new designs. And here they are! May I present to you….Franz Josef and Sisi:

The new ducks will be available to buy soon! You can get the Mozart duck now at the Austroducks website.

Austroducks is getting lots of press for these beauties! Just see for yourself:

Sugar Factory

Before I went to a Vegas, I found out about a new place in town that sells candy and rubber ducks. Seems someone was reading my mind…. I couldn’t wait to go see this new place on my trip to Vegas. The name of the place is Sugar Factory. There are a few of them on the strip, but the largest one (as seen above) is at the Paris Casino. I made my way into the store (pretty quickly) and found myself in heaven. I bought a few rubber ducks, some duck apparel, and some Jelly Belly jelly beans. I spent a little too much money in this place….but when in Rome….or Vegas ;) I also spotted this fabulous duckie disco ball:

Too bad it wasn’t for sale ;) To find out more about Sugar Factory click here.

Just Ducky

What would a trip to Vegas be without meeting other rubber duck enthusiasts! And what a treat this was going to be. You see, my friend Jon (who now lives in Vegas) owns this huge rubber duck that he photographs around town. You may remember a video I posted quite a while ago of a lion and a rubber duck (click here to refresh yourself). Well I got to meet him and this giant sized duck myself!

Here is a picture of the giant duck known as Just Ducky and a duck of my own in the fountain at Caesar’s Palace.

Just Ducky: “I suppose I’ll swim around the bend and say hello to all the high rollers playing blackjack.”

Cheese: “I like to play blackjack. I’m not addicted to gambling. I’m addicted to sitting in a semi-circle.”

Ducky Joins the Thinking Heads

And here is a pic of Just Ducky perching on a statue. Would Caesar approve?

Ducky Meets The Elvises

And let’s not forget a picture with one (or two) of Elvis’s clones.

Just Ducky: “Thank you, thank you very much, quack.”

And of course….the man behind Just Ducky. Literally! You would not believe all the attention this rubber duck got on the Vegas strip! But hey-who doesn’t love a duck? See more of Just Ducky’s adventures around Vegas here.

And stay tuned for more of the Duckshow flock’s Vegas high jinks…..including special appearances from Vegas Baby herself!!! If you don’t know Vegas Baby, you soon will ;)

Think Blue Maine Duck Ads

“If stormwater pollution were rubber duckies, it wouldn’t matter what went down our storm drains.” That’s the catch phrase Think Blue Maine uses to raise awareness about stormwater pollution. If stormwater pollution WERE indeed rubber ducks, I would be a storm chaser! Ha! Have a look for yourself at these duckishy catchy ads for Think Blue Maine:

I can’t help but laugh at the evil quacks of the devil ducks. Here is another ad:

Explorer Duck in the UK

Westminster Abbey

In case you have just tuned into Duckshow, a rubber duck (by the name of Explorer Duck) is part of a duck chain……meaning it is being mailed to different rubber duck collectors all over the world to be photographed in their city. Explorer Duck has already seen many cities in the US. I even hosted he duck here in NYC. I have been tracking her adventures here on Duckshow and it seems she has recently made her way waddling in the UK….as you can see from the picture above….Is that Westminster Abbey?! Yes, it is!

Ducky wishes she could have gone to the Royal Wedding.

She has also made her way to Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the River Thames, the British Museum, Trafalgar Square, the American Embassy, and the Royal Wedding…well…she wishes she could go to the wedding….who says she can’t squeak in?

Meeting new friends in Brighton

What would a trip to the UK be without seeing Brighton Beach? Brighton Beach is one of England’s most popular beaches because of all the restaurants, attractions, pubs and clubs that are concentrated right on the beachfront. Explorer duck meets some of the Brighton Beach locals as seen above. I’ll bet they tell her where she can get some good “bubble and squeak.”


Where will she go next? Stay tuned to find out! For more pictures of her London and Brighton Beach adventures click here. Photos taken by Jennifer.

Brattleboro Museum & Art Center’s Rubber Duck Exhibit

I thought since I was on the topic of art and ducks, it would be a perfect time to spread the word about a gallery show that includes-what else-but rubber ducks! My friend Lucy Sceery will exhibit her duck-a-licious artwork at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center. She combines her artistic talent with her rubber duck fancy to create artwork for the exhibit.

She uses her ducks as a metaphor for humanity, for each person’s individuality. For Sitting Duck, she designed and built more than 100 little Adirondack chairs, painting each to go with the duck that would occupy it. She arranges ducks and chairs to suit the architecture of each museum or gallery where they appear.

Lucy also has some pressed duck artworks in the show as seen below. Don’t worry fellow duck fans. No rubber ducks were harmed in the making of this piece. Rubber ducks have a way of “bouncing” back…as they are rubber ;)

The exhibit runs from April 9-July 3, 2011 at the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center in Brattleboro, Vermont. For more info on this exhibit visit