Quack, quack: Bullhole festival and rubber duck race Saturday

Published 2:01 pm Tuesday, August 1, 2023

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By Jeanna Baxter White

Word Master Media Group

The Great Bullhole Rubber Duck Race & Family Festival is Aug. 5 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.

What’s small, yellow, and floats? You guessed it. It’s a rubber ducky floating down the South Yadkin River. Hundreds of rubber ducks will take a plunge into the river near the Cooleemee dam at 1 p.m.

The duck that crosses the finish line first will win its “owner” a cash prize of $300. Second place will receive $200, third place  $100.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the RiverPark’s annual summer fundraiser. Participation will help support the ongoing operations and maintenance of the park, ensuring that The Bullhole remains a clean and safe haven for visitors.

Paul Moore, director of Davie County Recreation & Parks and chair of the RiverPark Board, expressed his excitement about the event. He emphasized that 100 percent of proceeds from the race benefit RiverPark, making it an event where fun and community support come together beautifully.

“Whether you have a single duck or a whole flock of them, you’re in for a day filled with excitement and anticipation. So, don’t wait any longer—get your duck tickets today,” he said.

The festivities extend beyond the race. There will be games for the kids before and after the race, lively music, dancing, and food and sweets available for purchase.

To participate and stand a chance to win those cash prizes, adopt a rubber duck for $10. Boost your chances of winning by purchasing a “Firequacker” pack of five ducks for $40 or a “Flock” of 15 for $100.

Tickets can be purchased at the Davie County Chamber of Commerce, Cooleemee Town Hall, Davie County Community Park, and at RiverPark until 12:45 p.m. on the event day.

Sponsors include Davie Discount Drug, GNC, Yadkin Path Montessori, PhilCar Automotive, Lori Schilkowski Realtor, Snow Biz, Bank of the Ozarks, Main Street Brokers, Tar Heel Landworks, Mocksville TDA, The Fish Bowl, Emergency Music Services, Davie County Tourism, Ink It Promotions, Thos Smart & Co, and O’Neal Lawncare.

RiverPark is located at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road, a half mile from Cooleemee off NC 801 and Needmore Road.

Stay updated by following RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls on Facebook.