Duck race helps keep park open

Published 9:30 am Thursday, July 20, 2017

The 8th annual RiverPark Duck Race was held Saturday and it was a great day. Families enjoyed the cold South Yadkin River water, which helped beat the hot humid weather.

So many cool spots are found through out the park, including right next to the water. The relaxing atmosphere gives one a chance to just be, to observe the beautiful natural landscape, enjoy fishing off the banks or watch people sliding down the rocks or riding the fun rapids.

Last minute of buying tickets is always fun and gives those an extra chance to buy just one more hoping that is the one to make it over the line first.

Janie Hendrix didn’t buy hers that day but she was the lucky winner of $500. Second place winner was Kyle Swicegood winning $250 and third place went to Chip Comadoll winning $100.

Around 1:30, thunder could be heard, a pop of lighting showed up, then a nice downpour of rain blanketed the early afternoon.

A string of fishermen came walking up with poles in hand ready to catch some crappy, carp or catfish. They didn’t know about the race but were so glad to see information about the park at Comfort Inn.

Thank you to all those who purchased a ticket, those who sponsored the event, businesses that sold tickets, the volunteers and the directors of the RiverPark board, because of you the race was a success.

Planning has gone into affect already for next year.

Paul Moore tested some shaggin’ moves in the sand to see if a contest could occur. It was clear he had two thumbs up.      

Our black inner tubes are being inspected and counted so they will be ready for heat races down the rapids, starting at the base of the dam with a finish line below right at the spectators. We will be looking for vendors next year so feel free to contact town hall to get your name on the list early: 336-284-2141.

Feel free to contact me at or call 336.250.1133. I would love to hear from you.