CRANFORD, NJ – “Cake Boss,” the hit TLC TV show, will film an episode for the series at Hanson Park Conservancy’s 7th Annual Rubber Ducky Race.
Additionally, the crew will present a special cake on the day of the race.
“Many people have asked us how that happened and, truthfully, I don’t know exactly,” Cynthia Dawley, President of the Hanson Park Conservancy, said. “We heard that they were aware of our annual event and we sent in a video expressing how thrilled we would be to receive a cake. We are very honored that they accepted our invitation.”
The Rubber Ducky Race is an annual tradition in town. Weeks prior to the event, the conservancy sells tickets for $5 per duck or $20 for a flock of five. The purchaser of the fastest duck will receive a $250 gift card. Additional prizes will be awarded as well.
“Many businesses graciously donate prizes and/or sponsor the race, which is vital to our success,” Dawley said.
On the day of the race, the “adopted” ducks, which are numbered, are loaded into a boat that leaves the Cranford Canoe Club for a short trip to Sperry Park. Once there, the ducks are released just before the little falls. As they float toward the finish line, radio personality and Cranford High School alumnus, Bernie Wagenblast, announces a play-by-play.
“People young and old line the river and bridge to cheer the duckies on as they float toward the finish line,” Dawley said. “It is a wonderful event, simple old-fashioned fun that somehow creates such happiness and excitement from all that attend.”
The race is the primary fundraiser for the Hanson Park Conservancy, which offers a butterfly garden, children’s workshops, yoga classes and more.
“Hanson Park trustees, as well as volunteers for the event, work hard much of the year to make sure the race is successful,” Dawley said. “It is our primary fundraiser, and as such, the monies raised go toward the park maintenance, continued development, and educational community programs. In the past we have been able to provide movies in the park, concerts, children’s crafts and story times to name a few. We have great workshops and speakers planned in the near future, thanks primarily to the proceeds raised from the Ducky Race, grants, and individual park memberships.”
The Rubber Ducky Race will be held on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 4 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Periwinkles or the Cranford Canoe Club, but are known to sell out.