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AIC’s Loon Race is a Success!


AIC's Loon Race 1

The first annual Spring Loon Drive at the Adirondack Interpretive Center was a great success and Duckshow is excited to share the news and some photos from the event! You can see the spectators above watching with bated breath as their loons race down the waterway. Go loons, go! This loon race was historical as it was the first rubber duck/loon race where all the rubber loons were 100% American made-thanks to Celebriducks!

Rubber Loon Race

The first loon crossed the finish line in just over 40 minutes with the rest of the flock strung out behind. The front runners trickled in while others enjoyed a more leisurely float downstream, pausing to check out various eddies, sedges and shorelines. Our course officials (Jen, Sarah, Teagan, and Tina, a.k.a. The Loon Brigade) encouraged them back onto the course ;) In first place was Loon #57 sponsored by Richard Hai, with second and third places going to Lauinda Minke and Charles Smith. There were also some raffle winners drawn (Duckshow being one of them! Good job Loon #30! ;) for prizes during the post-race celebration.

Loon Race 2

The generosity of many businesses and individuals who donated time, energy, and prizes helped make the Loons & Logs event a success! Some of those groups and businesses are: Ali Baba’s Liquor and Wine , Newcomb Historical Society, WDs Country Store, Cloud Splitter Outfitters, Nina Schoch, Town of Newcomb, Lake Placid Pub & Brewery, Adirondack Park Institute (API), High Peaks Kitchen, Cyber Creek Cafe, Hoss’ Country Store, Northern Borne, Scoops Ice Cream & More, ESFs AEC: Stage Fund, ESFs NFI, Finch Paper, NCPR, and The Cellar.

Loon Race 3

The AIC has programming throughout the summer so stop by and see what the center has to offer! If you aren’t from around Newcomb, or would like to be more involved with the AIC, you can stay in touch with them on Facebook and Twitter where they regularly post updates on their programming and other events at the center.

Loons and Logs

Chips are flying (ESF Woodsmen’s Team above) at the Loons & Logs event!

Loon Race 4

The event was such a success that the AIC is looking forward to next year’s 2nd annual Loons & Logs event!

25,000 Rubber Ducks Invade Palms Place Pool!


This summer The Palms Hotel and Casino will host their infamous “duck party” staring evenings on June 7. Around 25,000 rubber ducks will fill the ultra-modern pool at the Palms and partygoers can “swim with the ducks” whilst enjoying cocktails and an eclectic mix of dance and hip-hop music spun by DJ Stephi K. Guests can slip into the pool and look for specially marked rubber ducks redeemable for fabulous prizes…..such as free rooms and complimentary drinks and dinners at the Palms. “Early Birds” can get enjoy a happy hour menu from 4-7 pm. Woot Woot Quack! For more info on the Duck Party at the Palms click here.

AIC Rubber Loon Race Today!


Today is the day! Today marks the day of the first ever duck race starring rubber ducks completely produced in the USA! Celebriducks has supplied the “Made in America” ducks/loons for the race hosted by Adirondack Interpretive Center.  500 of them will be racing down the Rich Lake Outlet! Proceeds from loon sponsorships will support educational programs at the AIC.! Duckshow sponsored a loon and won’t be able to make it, but we will be there in spirit! Go loon #30!

 

New Lanco Ducks


Is that tasty summer weizen beer for me? Why, thank you! Lanco has been releasing some wonderful new duck designs this year, and these ducks are no exception! What better way to celebrate the summer and the popular tradition of the beer gardens with these cute Bavarian duckies!

Lanco Octoberfest girl

Octoberfest Lanco duck

Here comes a duck on a magic carpet! Duck! Not really-but this little guy is another new Lanco creation. If you add him to your collection….you never know….he may grant you 3 wishes!

magic carpet riding duck

You can get these ducks on Duckshop by clicking here.

 

Disneyland Duck Race


Recently in Anaheim at Disneyland’s “It’s A Small World” canal, nearly 500 rubber ducks were purchased for $5 to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. More that $1,700 was raised! What made this race special (besides it being at Disneyland) was that it was an employee funraiser….er fundraiser….where each employee got to design their own duck for the race.  The Fantasyland management team thought that it would be fun for the cast members and a great fundraiser.

On Wednesday morning, before Disneyland opened up for the day, the boats were taken from the attraction’s canal for the 15-minute race. The first-place finisher received a trophy with a rubber duck. There were also contests for other categories such as most creative, the duck that best resembled a Disney character, and best villain.

Everyone had a good time….even Disney employee, Kathy Egan, whose duck finished in last place……”He was just enjoying the sites and having a grand ol’ time around the world,” she said.

Rubber Duck Film & Arts Festival


The Rubber Duck Film and Arts Festival is not very far away! It is being held this year in Hichin at the Town Hall on June 30 & July 1 of this year. The festival is a collaborative platform for showcasing a selection of new and niche art forms. It was founded in 2011 and showcases performance poetry, short films (all genres), 3D films, performing arts, photography, conceptual art, graphic design, and art installations.

Why is it called Rubber Duck Film & Arts Fest? Here is their philosophy:

“Firstly, as the old saying goes “Never say no to a Rubber Duck”…..Secondly, to most people the rubber duck is, at least beneath the surface, more than a bath-time distraction which gets used briefly by children and is then relegated to an eternity of duck limbo in the loft. It is a symbol of child-like innocence, wonder and most importantly - Imagination.
 
The symbol of the rubber duck evokes memories of other imagined worlds dreamed of while soaking in a warm bubbly tub, it is this very basic and beautiful faculty of the mind - to dream and create - which is celebrated on a large scale by inviting artists from all walks of life and areas of media to showcase their work in one place over a weekend for a curious art-hungry audience to view and discuss.”
Duckshow is excited to report that our duck film, “My Diamond In the Rough,” is showing at the festival!
Hooray! There will be more updates as the date gets closer! For more info on the Rubber Duck Film & Arts Festival click here.
Red Hat Cowduck: “I’m more excited than a duck in a biscuit factory. Aren’t you?”
Gray Hat Cowduck: “Yup.”
 

World’s First Rubber Loon Race!


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 royer@esf.edu. Hurry up and get yours because they will go quickly! Just look at this cute little guy! How can you not sponsor him?!

Official 2012 Olympics Ducks


The summer Olympics in London this year are approaching fast! And now rubber duck collectors can have a piece of Olympic history! Behold the official Olympic rubber ducks for the summer Olympics!

London 2012 Swimming Duck.

 

London 2010 Cycling Duck.

London 2012 Boxing Duck.

These little guys are a must have for collectors! And you can get them right now at Just Ducks.

Bud Ducks 2012


Spring is definitely in the air! And…..Bud Product has designed some fresh new ducks for 2012! With their own catch phrases such as, “Ride a bike among the flower fields” and “Let love bloom” it’s hard not to catch spring fever from these ducks. Just see some of the new pretty designs for yourself!

I feel like tip toeing through the…..uh….duckies ;) These ducks will be available for sale by the usual suspects (as they always sell the latest and greatest in ducks)…Duckshop and Just Ducks. Stay tuned for more new designs from Bud Ducks.

Rubber Duck Chess Game


Check and mate….or is it…Duck and mate? Either way, the game of chess just got a little more duck-a-licious. The chess pieces are in the shapes of rubber ducks and the board has been decorated with duckies as well. Game of Duck Chess anyone? You can get your own Duck Chess Game here.