Pemaquid Watershed Association (PWA) will hold its 11th annual Rubber Ducky River Race on Saturday, July 4. At around 3:50 p.m., rain or shine, 636 rubber duckies will dive into the Damariscotta River just upriver from the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge to compete for the coveted title of Champion Ducky. Each ducky is numbered, and each ticket sold corresponds to one ducky entry in the race. Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or $25.00 for a ‘6-Quack’ and are on sale at the PWA office (above Salt Bay Café in Damariscotta), at Yellowfront Grocery, during the Round Pond Parade on July 4, and at the Damariscotta-Newcastle bridge on race day from about 11:00 a.m. until race time. Prizes, including $100 cash, will be awarded for the top finishers, and one need not be present to win. A special Pokey Ducky Prize will be bestowed to the last place finisher. PWA thanks Yellowfront Grocery for sponsoring this fun-filled event and making the cash grand prize possible.
“Pemaquacky,” PWA’s 4-foot tall foam duck, will once again this year serve as Pace Ducky for the race. Of the 636 rubber duckies in the race, three dozen will be special pirate duckies. Tickets to sponsor a pirate ducky will be available only on Saturday, June 20, at Schooner Landing’s lot during the Damariscotta Pirate Rendezvous, with proceeds for those race entries split with the charity the Fest benefits.
The best view for the race will be the finish line, which is the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge. Spectators should plan to gather for a 3:50 p.m. launch time but should be prepared with patience, as the launch is contingent on the turning of the tide and may be up to 30 minutes later than expected. Check the PWA web site for updates in launch time as the event nears www.pemaquidwatershed.org. The distance from the launch site to the bridge is a mere 1/10th of a mile, but some times it takes the duckies a bit of time to catch the current. To keep things lively, spectators will be treated to ducky-related music and other ducky-based antics at the bridge. The PWA Ducky Crew encourages spectators to plan ahead to join in the quacky revelry by gathering bright yellow attire and all things ‘ducky’ to bring to the race. This family-friendly fundraiser supports Pemaquid Watershed Association’s mission to conserve the natural resources of the Pemaquid Peninsula through land and water stewardship and education. FMI, call 207-563-2196.