NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - One of city's most charming and time-honored traditions, the Raritan River Festival and Rubber Duck Race, will return on Sunday, Sept. 22.

The 39th annual festival at Boyd Park will culminate with the Rubber Duck Race in which participants adopt rubber ducks and watch them race along the Delaware and Raritan Canal.

Up to 5,000 ducks will be dropped from a giant, egg-shaped balloon suspended over the water and participants will be able to watch the ducks float down the canal.

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Anyone can adopt a duck from the Beez Foundation, a nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to fighting pediatric brain cancer. You can adopt one duck for $5 or a flock of 5 for $20. Ducks can be adopted in advance of the festival. 

The grand prize will be a $1,000 Visa Gift Card, $500 for first prize and $250 for second prize.

Another longtime favorite is the Cardboard Canoe Races.

The races combine creativity and engineering with friendly competition, as registered participants build and race canoes in the Raritan River!

Trophies are awarded to the first canoe to win the race by successfully paddling out and back as well as to the canoe deemed by our judges to have the best design.

Participation in this family-friendly activity is free. Children of all ages may help build canoes, but anyone wishing to race the canoes on the river must be at least 8.

To register and view the complete rules, click here. Registration is also available at the race.

The day is also marketed by other fun activities, including all-day live music from an eclectic roster of performers, vendors serving an array of food, a beer garden, educational programs about the local watershed and local environmental issues, tours and lectures about the history of the river and free yoga, drumming and dance classes.

There will also be children's activities, including pony rides, a petting zoo and inflatables.

Festival admission and parking are free.

The Beez Foundation was named after Jennifer “Beez” Beisswanger after she lost her fight with brain cancer.

Throughout the year, the foundation hosts fundraisers that are family-oriented, fun events, staying true to Jennifer’s philosophy of "family first".  Every year, The Beez Foundation awards grants during the month of February to honor Jennifer’s birth month. It was decided that the funding would be for initial phase research to encourage more researchers to seek the cure for brain cancer. The Medical Advisory Board of the Foundation evaluates all research proposals and makes their recommendation to the Executive Board.

To date, two research projects have been successful enough to be permitted to go to clinical trials.