Duck race coming up, buy your entries now

Published 9:36 am Thursday, August 5, 2021

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By Nic Quance

Word Master Media Group

More than 1,000 yellow rubber duckies will be swimming towards the finish line as the Great Bullhole Duck Race returns this year at Cooleemee’s River Park.

This local event is full of fun, and some lucky winners will take home cash prizes for having the fastest ducks.

“It’s like a coming-out party this year,” said Addison Davis, president of the park’s board of directors. “The duck race provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy a family-friendly park experience while supporting RiverPark. We’re looking forward to a really fun day.”

Race day is Aug. 14 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The race starts at 1; the ducklings will take the plunge after embarking from the launched start and will have to dash to the marked finish line across the rushing water.

Proceeds will go towards keeping the park clean and maintained. Vendors will be present, so attendants can enjoy food and drink while spectating the aquatic action.

The RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls, also called The Bullhole, is an outdoor park centering along the shores of the South Yadkin. Patrons can enjoy swimming, hiking, or relaxing by the shores. Picnic shelters are available. The park’s recreational appeal is funded by proceeds from events like the duck race, and preserving the South Yadkin is key to keeping the park alive, Davis said.

Single duck tickets are $5 each, the Quack-Pack bundle of five sells for $25, and a flock of 25 ducks goes for $50. First place winner will receive $250, second place $100, and third place $50. Tickets to enter a rubber duck are available from the Davie Chamber, 135 S. Salisbury St., Mocksville,  or at the entrance to River Park on race day.

Businesses can take part in the sponsorship opportunities. Sponsorships range from $100 donations to $1,000 donations, each with their own benefits. For more information about sponsoring, contact the chamber at (336) 751-3304 or at

This year’s goal is to send more than 1,500 ducks into the water, and it will be a wild ride as spectators cheer on the floating faux fowl.

River Park is at 645 Erwin Temple Church Road, Woodleaf. Learn more at