Get Ready for Denville’s Great Duck Race on June 17

Get Ready for Denville’s Great Duck Race on June 17

The bright yellow wooden duck signs have started to populate around town, which means the Denville Sunrise Rotary’s Great Duck Race is right around the corner. This year’s Great Denville Duck Race is set to take place on June 17 at Gardner Field from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

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Ducks floating down the river will be entered starting at 10 am. Judging for decorated ducks takes place at 10:45 am.

To signal the start of the race, Mayor Andes will shoot the starting cannon at the River. The Ducket Loader will drop the ducks into the Rockaway River at 11:00 am.


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As the ducks race down the river to the finish line, prizes will be awarded to the top finishers. At the completion of the race, all the ducks are collected and returned to app the participants.

This fantastic fundraiser is definitely one of my favorite community events of the year. The race is usually at the start of summer break, everyone is excited and enjoying the sunshine together along the river. The kids (and adults) get so into the duck decorating and festivities; it really is such a unique experience. Aside from cheering on all the kids’ ducks as they race down the river, I love checking out all the painted and decorated ducks.


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Ducks are $10 each and are available at Write On Gifts, Denville Dairy, Provident Bank, Denville Dawg and Grill, Denville Diner, Town Hall, Pure Barre, and Casa D’ Pizza.  A 50/50 will be drawn at 12 Noon.  50/50 tickets are currently available from any member of the Denville Sunrise Rotary Club and will also be for sale on the day of the race.
Sponsored by the Sunrise Rotary Club of Denville, this event benefits the various charitable projects. E-mail  [email protected]  or [email protected]  with inquiries.

Break out the arts and crafts and start painting those ducks! We’ll see you at the river for Duck Race on June 17 at 10 am sharp!