The Ol’ Bull River will soon become a race “quack” for the fifth time, as the Great American Tobacco Duck Race returns to American Tobacco’s campus. The rubber duck race, which benefits three non-profits, is the anchor event for the third annual FOX 50 Family Fest. For the third time, the two powerhouse events will join forces in downtown Durham. The fun will take over the campus on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from noon until 5pm.
The family-friendly event drew over 4,500 to American Tobacco last year. The event is free and open to the public, so bring a picnic basket and come out for the family fun!
Noah’s Landing, a favorite at last year’s event returns to delight the crowd with an expanded live animal showcase. National Jump Rope Champions “The Bouncing Bulldogs” will get the crowd jumping, the YMCA will have everyone moving with field game and activities, families will enjoy chatting with a variety of vendors and trying all sorts of interactive games. And of course, more face painting and balloon art stations. Win an iPad 2 and other exciting prizes!
Let’s Get Quacking
The highlight of the FOX 50 Family Fest will be the Great American Tobacco Duck Race. Thousands of people will line the banks of the Ol’ Bull River to find out who will win prizes for the swiftest ducks. The Duck activities get underway at 330pm with a Duck Decorating Contest, followed by the Duck Race at 4pm and concludes at 5pm with an awards ceremony.
Proceeds from this year’s Duck Race benefit Explorer Post 50, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and our newest partner – Durham Literacy Center. Individual and Corporate Ducks can be purchased directly from each non-profit, below. The Great American Tobacco Duck Race, now in its 5th year has generated over $100,000 collectively for area non-profits.
Mark Roberts, WRAL-TV Brain Game host returns to judge the Duck Decorating contest and emcee the Duck Race.
Find out more about the race, the prizes and purchase a duck here.
Buy your duck today & mark your calendar for October 1st for some fierce, but friendly, competition and a day of family fun.
Thanks to FOX 50 for contributions to this capcom story..