Wader minute — the duckies are back!
Thousands of ducks waddled down Collegeville’s Main Street and “ducked” into stores. Ducks landed in businesses including Bikesport, Community Music School, Dance Depot, Lily Laser & Beauty, Perk Valley Pet Eatery, Whitby Jewelers, Greenwalds Florist, Groomingdales, TR Insurance, Main Street Nutrition, My Friends Tavern, DaVinci’s Pub, Providence Montessori School House and Gymboree Play & Music of Collegeville.
Some flocked into Rock & Roll After School in the Marketplace at Collegeville, others strolled over the Perkiomen Creek Bridge to Greenheart Café in The Pit Stop. And another large group flew up Rt. 29 to the Providence Town Center at Learning Express Toys of Collegeville and Avalanche Salon & Spa.
The annual duck migration to Collegeville signals that it is time to prepare for the Second Collegeville Rubber Ducky Regatta, when over 3,000 ducks are set afloat in the Perkiomen Creek.
“This event takes lots of planning, but we always get our ducks in a row in time and the Regatta goes swimmingly,” says Rachael Morrison, Collegeville Economic Development Corporation’s (CEDC) executive director. “Last year everyone saw the pure joy in the event and considered it to be just ducky. Once individuals started buying the ducks they found they canard stop. The ducks and the race aren’t poultry — they are way more fun.”
Ducks are $5 each and the souvenir duck you buy is yours to keep. Each time an individual buys a duck, he or she will be given a number, which is the number of his or her corresponding race duck which will navigate the creek.
Guests can come out and join the CEDC from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10 at the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel to celebrate everything they love about the Perkiomen Creek. This fun competition pits each person’s rubber ducky against their neighbors’ and friends’ ducks as they race (or rather slowly float) toward the finish line at the Perkiomen Creek Bridge.
The race will begin up the river from the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel at 2 p.m. Saturday and will end at the Perkiomen Creek Bridge. Winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. Individuals do not need to be present to win.
It’s fun for the whole family, and once you have entered the race, you are eligible to compete for wonderful prizes. Top prizes donated by local businesses will be awarded for the first 30 winning ducks. They range from gift certificates to the grand prize for the fastest duck on the Perky.
In addition to the duck race, the Rubber Ducky Regatta features an afternoon of fun in the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel parking lot. There will be a tasty line-up of great eats from local chefs, music, and for kids, there are plenty of water- fish- and duck-themed games, contests, rides and prizes in the Kids’ Area.
With the focus of the afternoon on the creek, The Perkiomen Watershed Alliance will be there to provide information about the creek and how to participate in their many programs to keep the stream healthy. The Collegeville Fire Company, which is in charge of rescues on the creek, will also be there with their emergency vehicles and boat.
The event is a fundraiser for the CEDC to enable the group to continue to organize family-friendly events for Collegeville. The non-profit also maintains a community calendar of everything that is happening locally. Check it out at www.collegevilledevelopment.org. For more information about the Rubber Ducky Regatta, see the website or contact Rachael Morrison at 610-454-1050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.