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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!

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