“We know the Reedy River Duck Derby will bring so much enjoyment to the community after this period of social distancing ends, as well as continue to raise funds for some very deserving charities in our community that change the lives of many families,” said Wendy Green, President of the Rotary Club of the Reedy River Greenville, which is the group that organizes the annual event.
People who already have purchased a duck adoption number, rest assured that number is still being entered into the race on July 11. A single duck adoption is $10, a five-duck “Quack Pack” is available for $30 until April 15. Ducks can be adopted online at www.duckrace.com/greenville. Local charities earn a percentage of each duck adopted under their name. To support a charity team select the Team Tab at the top of the page.
In addition, the Rotary Club of the Reedy River is providing financial help to several local organizations during this pandemic crisis - Interfaith Hospitality Network, part of United Ministries, to Harvest Hope Food Bank and to the COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.
They are able to provide these funds using some of the money raised from last year’s Duck Derby.
Each year, those wanting to participate in the race sponsor the yellow rubber ducks in hopes that their duck makes it over the falls and through the chute first. First place winner receives Groceries for a Year from Publix, second place finisher gets $2,500 and third place wins a Golf Weekend at the Embassy Suites on Verdae. People do not get to keep the ducks after the race as they are all collected, cleaned and sent on to another race in another community
While the releasing of the ducks over the 50-foot- high Reedy River falls in downtown Greenville is a major part of the festival; it also features live music from local artists, face painters, balloon twisters, stilt walkers and more.
About the Duck Derby:
The Rotary Club of the Reedy River Greenville, a service organization of local business men and women, holds the Reedy River Duck Derby annually as its primary fundraiser. This is the 16th consecutive year that the group has organized this charitable fundraiser. For more information visit www.duckrace.com/greenville.
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