Category: Event Information

2021 RiverPark Duck Race

RiverPark’s annual Duck Race was held August 14, 2021.  It was hot, humid and the South Yadkin River was cold.  Those three things are a great combination for summer weather and having fun at the “Bull Hole.”  

Tiny babies were cuddled up to their mom in the shade sleeping away. Dog’s paws were cooled off in the trickling waters while some cooled off at the falls.

Kids naturally know how to do it for sure.  Some rode the rapids on an inner tube, and others used their bodies: some slid down the bedrock on their backs, stomachs or bottoms, but either way, it was fun.

This year in the spring the flooding waters changed the landscape again to the sandy beach area.  A steep embankment was formed to the edge of the water.  Most kids love it for they roll like a ball down the hill and do a quick wash off in the water.

Hamburgers, hotdogs, ice cream and drinks were available at the shelter. One thousand ducks were sold and all proceeds go to maintain a clean, safe environment for all to come and enjoy.

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The Great Bullhole Duck Race is back for 2021 – Saturday, August 14!

Over 1000 yellow rubber duckies will be swimming towards the finish line as the Duck Race returns this year at Cooleemee’s River Park. This local event is full of fun, and some lucky winners will take home cash prizes for having the fastest duck of them all.

“It’s like a coming out party this year!” said Addison Davis, president of the park’s board of directors. “The Duck Race provides an opportunity for the community to enjoy a family-friendly park experience while supporting RiverPark. We’re looking forward to a really fun day!”  

The race will be held on August 14th, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The race starts at 1 p.m. sharp; the ducklings will take the plunge after embarking from the launched start and will have to dash to the marked finish line across the rushing water. Proceeds from this event will go towards keeping the park clean and well maintained. Vendors will be present, so attendants can enjoy food and drink while spectating the aquatic action. 

The RiverPark at Cooleemee Falls, also called The Bullhole, is an outdoor park centering along the shores of the South Yadkin. Patrons can enjoy swimming in the Yadkin, hiking along trails, or relaxing by the shores. Picnic shelters are also available for patrons to enjoy. The park’s recreational appeal is funded by proceeds from events like the Duck Race, and preserving the South Yadkin is key to keeping the park alive. 

Single Duck tickets are $5 each, the Quack-Pack bundle of five sells for $25, and a Flock of twenty-five ducks goes for $50. First place winner of the race will receive $250, second place $100, and third place $50. Tickets to enter a rubber duck are available from the Davie Chamber, 135 South Salisbury Street,  or at the entrance to River Park on race day. 

Businesses can also take part in the sponsorship opportunities present at this event. Sponsorships range from $100 donations to $1000 donations, each with their own benefits. For more information about sponsoring this event, contact the Davie Chamber at (336) 751-3304 or at chamber@daviecounty.com

This year’s goal is to send over 1500 ducks into the water, and it will be a wild ride as spectators cheer on the floating faux fowl! River Park is located at 645 Erwin Temple Church Rd Cooleemee, NC 27054, and more information about this event can be found online at https://www.facebook.com/riverparkatcooleemeefalls/. Reserve your duck today, and have the chance to take home the winning prize!

Cooleemee Lawn Mower Parade

Cooleemee Lawn Mower Parade

The Town of Cooleemee’s 4th of July Celebration will be Monday, July 5, 2021, at 10 a.m. The festivities will include hot dogs and drinks sold by the Women’s VFW, FREE watermelon, and ice pops, and a Slip-and-Slide for all ages to enjoy.

The parade will begin at Cooleemee Elementary and will end at the Zachary House/ Town Hall.

To be in the parade meet at the school at 9:00 a.m. to get lined up accordingly.  If you have any questions contact town hall at 336-284-2141 or email athies@cooleemee.org

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Cooleemee Christmas Caravan

Parade Alternative

The Town of Cooleemee is planning a Christmas Caravan. This will involve our Town Board, Police and Fire departments as well as Santa!

The Cooleemee Christmas Caravan will be Wednesday, December 23 at 4:00 p.m. and you do not even have to leave your home to enjoy this event!

Our volunteers will make their rounds on golf carts to hand out candy and a little joy for the holiday season.

Don’t Miss the Census Awareness Caravan!

Who doesn’t love a parade?

On Monday, August 24th, beginning at 6 p.m., a caravan of fire trucks, police cars, emergency services vehicles, along with a few ATVs or golf carts will proceed up and down every street in Cooleemee encouraging residents to take part in the 2020 Census. 

The 2020 Census is each resident’s opportunity to make a decade of a difference in the community. Since March, the percentage of Cooleemee residents who have participated in the US Census has lagged behind the average response rate in Davie County and the state. In an effort to increase their town’s rate, the Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department was able to apply for the “2020 Get-Out-The Count” grant.

The NC County Coalition invited organizations who were committed to ensuring a fair and accurate Census to apply for these grants.  Most residents get their Census packets in the mail, but because Cooleemee residents receive mail by post office box only, Census workers must leave packets at every house.  Although there were flyers mailed and Census signs and banners placed around the town, there is still a need to raise awareness about how important it is to be counted.

“After learning about the Get-Out-The-Count RFP (request for proposals), we felt it was a great opportunity to rally the volunteers in the community to come together for this important event. The Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department agreed to take the lead and we proposed a Census Caravan in Cooleemee Event,” said Parris Whitley, Complete Count Committee member.

“Everyone loves a parade and with the pandemic, Cooleemee had to cancel the Independence Day Celebration that includes the Annual Lawn Mower Parade.  We thought a caravan through the Town would bring some excitement.”

It wasn’t long after the proposal was submitted that the county was notified that the grant selection committee for NC Count’s Coalition’s GOTC Community Outreach Program approved a grant to the Cooleemee Volunteer Fire Department.

At the Census Caravan event, residents will be able to watch from their porches and receive a goody bag filled with gifts and important information about the Census and how to participate via phone and internet. Volunteers at the event will be in masks and gloves, following social distancing guidelines. 

“The census is important in our community because important decisions and allocations of resources will be determined based on the information they obtain,” said Cooleemee Fire Chief, Doug Arledge. “I’m looking forward to the Census Caravan so that I can provide information about the importance of the census to our community.”

The rain date for the event is scheduled for August 31 beginning at 6 p.m. 
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