MAPLEWOOD, NJ - With rainy weather forecast, the annual Memorial Day Duck Races moved inside to The Woodland, with the South Mountain YMCA putting together an indoor event, Duck Fest. Duck Fest featured lots of kids activities, music, dancing, and family fun, as well as modified versions of the duck races, with prizes awarded to the winners.
Maplewood Mayor Vic De Luca was there for the ceremonial tossing of the first duck, and was joined by Mack Meade, Honorary Mayor for the Day, who had won the chance to join De Luca for the day from the Maplewood Rotary Gift of Life fundraiser earlier this year. Meade also participated earlier in the day at the Memorial Day ceremony at Town Hall (more on that event is here).
Mayor De Luca stated that despite the "trouble with the weather," the important thing was "we didn't lose the tradition. We made other plans, and people are having fun, and that's all you can ask for."
The South Mountain YMCA shared an update on their Facebook page thanking everyone who participated:
Thanks to all who celebrated the Duck Race on Memorial Day. The essence of the Duck Race is to bring community together to benefit all kids in our area. With ticket sales and sponsorships, we will continue to send kids to camp, to child care programs and fulfill our promise not to turn anyone away due to the inability to pay. We appreciate the enthusiasm of our friends and neighbors from Maplewood, South Orange and beyond. Hope to see you by the river banks next year!