BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – Just arrived. Over four thousand little yellow rubber duckies, ready to swim their little webbed feet off for their adoptive “parents.”

Ducky adoption tickets are just $5 each and available throughout Berkeley Heights oAm Bagel, 7-Eleven, Stop n/ Shop, and out front of our town post office to find and adopt as many duckies as you’d like. (A limited number of ducks will be available for adoption on Festival Day.)

This year’s Rubber Ducky Festival & Race will be on Saturday, June 9, from 12 Noon to 4 pm. As always, it’ll be at the Passaic River Park, 151 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights.

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Free admission. Enjoy seeing your friends and neighbors, and coming together as a community.

The Rubber Ducky Race will be the featured event, and it’s a “green” event: All ducks are removed from the river, cleaned, and donated to kids summer camps.

This year’s race has an outstanding bunch of top prizes:

  • Grand Prize: 4 Box Seats behind home plate at a Yankees home game donated by Investors Bank ($1,100 Value)
  • 2nd Prize: 12 Monthly Flower Arrangements by Hall’s Garden Center ($500 Value)
  • 3rd Prize: 50-in Samsung Flat-Screen HDTV ($500 Value)
  • 4th Prize: 3-Month Family Membership at the Berkeley Heights Y ($368 Value)

Hot food will be for sale by the popular “Gastro Truck” by Grain and Cane, plus bottled water by the Rotary Club.

Kids’ games will be on site for all to play, plus exhibits and demonstrations by local businesses and community organizations. Be sure to try out your pitching arm at the “Dunk Tank”! Other exciting happenings will be our live DJ and local bands, Scout-O-Rama, Bouncy House, and other kids games. Be sure to check out the Classic & Custom Car Show!

The first $4,000 of funds raised will go to Rotary scholarships for Governor Livingston graduating seniors. This event also supports other local Rotary projects, including the Rotary Medic-Alert program for 200 local solo seniors, sponsoring three Cub Scout packs and two Boy Scout troops including Eagle Scout service projects, supporting the BH Police Department and Rescue Squad, the Public and all five school libraries, the Memorial Park Committee, YMCA Strong Kids, the Interact student service club at  Governor Livingston, annual blood drives, and wherever needs arise.

The Rubber Ducky Festival is a Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights event, in cooperation with the Suburban Chambers of Commerce Foundation and the Berkeley Heights Recreation Department.

For more information call Rotary Club President Jim Ramentol at (908) 216-7151.