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Make Way for (Rubber) Ducklings

Westerly-Pawcatuck’s annual duck race celebrates 20 squeaky years


It isn’t every day you see thousands of rubber ducks cascading down a river, but if you encounter this phenomenon in the wild, the sight is hard to forget. Every year 20,000 bright yellow rubber ducks splash down in the Pawcatuck River, freed from their bath time exile for one glorious day out on the (relatively) open seas. 

On April 28, The Pawcatuck River Duck Race, celebrates 20 years of making a splash for over 40 local charities. Sponsors put money behind their rubbery racers as they vie for prizes. Besides the race itself, the area around the Pawcatuck River will be peppered with games, rides and plenty of food for families working up an appetite after cheering on their duck.

For anyone reading this with the words “ecological disaster” ringing in your ears, rest assured; all of the ducks are caught before they can make a break for it into the wild. Westerly