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2014 Annual Duck Race & Community Day
Saturday, May 10th - see pictures from 2013 below (thanks to Josh!)

Thank You Again to all our 2013 Sponsors & Donors!

At Alumni Field, Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ
Have an activity to include at our
Community Day?  Let us know...

Here's what we did at the 2013 Race:
     Photos with the Duck
     High School Marching Band
     Face Painting
          Rubber Duckie Chess
Food/Snacks Available for purchase:
Have a food/snack to sell at our Community Day?  Let us know...

Here's what we had at the 2013 Race:
     Duck Pretzels by Philly Pretzel Factory Hackettstown
     Cookies by Harper's Bagels & Bake Shop
Duck Race Prizes: (Purchase Tickets on the Products page)

Grand Prize:  $1,000 Visa Gift Card
     (awarded to the first duck across the finish line)

5 Wild Duck Prizes - each is a $100 Visa Gift Card
     (awarded to 5 random ducks)
Event Sponsors:
The Foundation is currently accepting sponsorships for the 2014 Duck Race!
2013 Duck Day Pictures:
Rostami Associates LLC
(Local Independent Agency Representing AFLAC)
Kidz Play
Philly Pretzels with their Duck Pretzels
Harpers Bagel & Bake Shop
Hackettstown First Aid & Rescue Squad
High School Marching Band
High School Key Club
Games & Activities
The ducks rest up all winter long.  They live in flocks of 150 ducks in bins.  On race day, they get laid out in rows of 10, in number order (each duck has a number on the bottom of it).  Every ticket has a number on it, so each ticket sold has to have its corresponding duck pulled to go in the race...  Let the duck sorting begin!
While the ducks are being sorted, the finish line is being placed.  We use PVC pipe across the river with rebar to hold it in place.  The orange and yellow you see are sleeves that have fishing net hanging down - to catch any ducks that try to escape underneath the PVC.  You see two flags - the ducks must pass through the opening between the flags to finish the race.
What does the Foundation do with the funds raised from the Community Day/Duck Race?  Well that is a quacktastic question!  We award grants to teachers in the Hackettstown school district for creative, innovative projects - check out what we have accomplished on our Grants page!
This is the starting line ~ more PVC.  All the ducks that will race are dumped into the starting gate, we count down and the gate is lifted to release the ducks!
10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1...and their off!
As you can see, it's not a meander down the river - there are several obstacles the ducks need to get through to make it to the finish...
Waiting for and collecting the winners...
The 16 winners and the prizes...
Then the ducks get resorted into their flocks, get a bleach bath, and get put back to rest for the winter...
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New for 2014:  Take a duck home after the race!  That's right, this year you will be able to bring a race duck home with you as a souvenir!