Monday, April 29, 2024

Thousands of Rubber Ducks Race Down Mill Creek to Support Avenues


Thousands of rubber ducks swam down Mill Creek on Saturday as part of the Avenues Rubber Ducky Race.

Now in it's 36th years, the annual fundraiser by Avenues, allows people to purchase rubber ducks that are released at precisely 3:32pm, that then race down Mill Creek next to the Coal Creek Commerce Center.  Each duck is numbered corresponding to the person that purchased the duck.

The first 27 ducks to arrive all earn prizes.  The last duck to arrive also receives a prize as well.

Avenues is a nonprofit organization committed to changing the lives of individuals with disabilities. Avenues, formerly United Cerebral Palsy, has been serving Schuylkill County and the surrounding areas since 1952.

According to Kim Noel, Marketing and Special Events Manager, over 5,000 ducks were sold this year.

Hundreds of people attended Sunday's event which also included games and food in the nearby Walmart parking lot.

Magic 105.5 was at the event broadcasting live and providing music along with Salty Todd the Bagpiper from the Hawk Mountain Highlanders.

 The Schuylkill Haven Dive Team assisted with making sure all ducks made it down the creek and to the finish line.