Ducks on the Duck celebrates Worldwide River Day

It’s time to get your  ducks in a row for the Third Annual “Ducks on the Duck” race benefitting United Way of Bedford County.

Plans are for 2,000 rubber ducks to set out from below the dam at Fisherman’s Park  Sept. 26 . The  winner receives $1,000.  The second prize is $500 with $300 for third, $200 for fourth and $100 to the fifth-place duck owner. A special prize package will be presented  to the last duck to finish.

The event will be held from noon to 2 p.m. in the lot behind the new Bedford County office building. Ducks will swim at 1:30. You  do not have to be present to win.

Gary Dearing provides videotaping  of the race including the finish and the final inspection of the trap for the top 10 ducks.

Ducks can be purchased from members of the United Way of Bedford County Board members, online at or by visiting the United  Way office on Delray in the First Community Bank building.

Ducks are $5 each. A “Quacker” box of six ducks sells for $25. A “Quack Up” consists  of  a dozen ducks for $50.

“This is always a fun event,” UWBC  executive director  Mark McGee said.  “Seeing  2,000 ducks bobbing to the finish line on the other side of the bridge is an impressive sight.

“The event is being held outside. We will encourage the use of masks as well as social distancing.”

McGee stressed all money raised is donated to non-profits serving Bedford County.

“The more money we make, the larger our contributions,” McGee said. “Despite economic problems we have  expanded our allocations for 2020-21 to benefit 18 non-profits and 19 programs, an increase in the number  of programs over the last fiscal year.”

The event is being  held on  the eve of Worldwide River Day which is scheduled for Sept. 27.

In conjunction with the United  Way of Bedford County event the Uptown Merchants will also be celebrating the importance of the Duck River, especially to the merchants around the square.

Starting September 11 at the cruise-in for the Celebration City Car Club at the courthouse cards featuring a duck profile and a river will be sold for $1. Merchants are encouraged to present the option of a purchase to customers through the end of September and to post the cards in their windows. Proceeds will be split between “Clean the River” and United Way of Bedford County.

There will be a “Duck Walk” on the courthouse lawn at 1 p.m. There will also be a contest for custom-designed PPE masks celebrating the Duck River at 11 a.m.

The “Car Show of the South” will  be held around the courthouse on Sept. 26. Calvin Cannon, a spokesman for the Uptown Merchants, said 26 trophies will be presented including four memorial trophies and two mayor’s trophies.

“Rivers so near to a downtown are a tremendous boost for tourism,” Cannon said. “The more we all get involved with the river, both economically and environmentally, the better it is going to be for downtown businesses.”