BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Hundreds participated in the Annual Berkeley Heights Rubber Ducky Festival for a day of family friendly fun. The event was held on Saturday at the Passaic River Park from 12 to 4 p.m., and hosted local exhibitors including the Berkeley Heights Public Library, Berkeley Heights Volunteer Rescue Squad, and the YMCA; Gabriele Fitness, food by Grain and Cane Gastro Food Truck, ice cream by Zita's, and a Boy Scout bake sale; live music by performers from Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts; games, face painting, bounce house and Boy Scout displays including a tasting of scout prepared dutch-oven recipes. 

Thousands of ducks were purchased for five dollars a piece by people hoping to win the race, or just to support the local causes.  The ducks entered the water at 3:30 p.m. for the "main event" -- the Rubber Ducky Race. Boy Scouts headed out in the river in canoes and dumped the thousands of ducks into the Passaic River. The scouts also followed the course to make sure the ducks stayed on course to the finish line where they were collected.

The purchaser of the winning ducks won prizes, with proceeds benefiting the Boy Scouts and Rotary Club of Berkeley Heights. 

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The purchasers of the winning ducks won prizes that included:

  • 1st Prize: 2 tickets to the Broadway show HAMILTON ($1,200 Value) *
  • 2nd Prize: 4 Box Seat Tickets behind the plate at a Yankees home game ($1120 Value)
  • 3rd Prize: 55” Samsung- Smart 4K Flat Screen TV ($899 value) *
  • 4th Prize:  Three month Family Membership to YMCA ($368 Value) *
  • 5th Prize: 12 Monthly Flower Arrangements by Hall’s Garden Center ($360 Value)
  • Plus, lots of other prizes!

Proceeds benefit the four $1,000 Rotary scholarships for Governor Livingston graduating seniors and 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, Berkeley Heights School libraries, Berkeley Heights Police Department, Berkeley Heights Rescue Squad, Berkeley Heights Library, Berkeley Heights Recreation Department, Berkeley Heights Beautification Committee, and the Interact student service club at  Governor Livingston, and wherever needs arise.

Video: Afternoon Entertainment was provided by Elefante Music & School for the Performing Arts. Emily Cacicedo and Sophia Antonelli singing Jason Mraz.