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15 Years Old and Still Going Strong, Rubber Ducky Festival Returns June 9 to Berkeley Heights

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Duck wranglers! Credits: File Photo
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No event is complete in Berkeley Heights without the sound of bagpipes played by former or current members of the Highlanders Marching Band. Credits: File Photo
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The Rubber Ducky Festival is so much more than fowl, food, family and fun -- classic cars are sure to entertain! Credits: File Photo
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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – This year’s Festival and Ducky Race will be held from Noon to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 9, at the Passaic River Park, 151 Springfield Ave., Berkeley Heights.

Admission is free for everyone, so join friends and neighbors and come together as a community.

The Rubber Ducky Race will be the featured event. Thousands of tiny yellow plastic duckies will “swim” their little hearts out, coming down the Passaic River in their quest to be the first to the finish line for their “parents.” (This is a “green” event. All ducks are removed from the river, cleaned, and donated to summer camps for children to enjoy.)

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Ducky adoption tickets are just $5 each and available throughout Berkeley Heights on weekends up to the Festival date. (A limited number of ducks will be available for adoption on Festival Day.)

The race has an outstanding array of top prizes:

  • Grand Prize: Four Box Seats behind home plate at a Yankees home game ($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: Three-Month Family Membership at the Berkeley Heights Y ($368 Value)

This year’s hot food will be for sale by the popular “Gastro Truck” by Embassy Suites, and the Rotary Club will sell bottled water.

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 a live DJ and local bands, Scout-O-Rama, Bouncy House, and other games suitable for children. 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; sponsorship of three Cub Scout packs and two Boy Scout troops, including Eagle Scout service projects; support for the Berkeley Heights Police Department and Rescue Squad, the township’s Public Library 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 other 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.

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