Email us: TheFoundation@hackettstown.org
The Hackettstown Foundation for Educational Excellence
2014 Annual Duck Race & Community Day
Saturday, May 10th
Activities Start at 11:00 AM ~ Duck Race Starts at 12:00 PM
At Alumni Field, Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown, NJ
Photos with the Duck
Book reading & hand painting
Rubber Duckie Chess
Petting Zoo by High View Farms
Hackettstown High School Marching Band
Food/Snacks Available for purchase:
Hot Dogs & Drinks by Scout Troop #158
Duck Pretzels by Philly Pretzel Factory Hackettstown
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)
Kidz Play, LLC
Kiwanis Club of Hackettstown
Rostami Associates LLC
(Local Independent Agency Representing AFLAC)
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...
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.
Check out the Duck Deals you can get if you return the duck to its sponsor...
Duck Sponsors & Duck Deals:
Cochran Funeral Home
Freedom First Cross Fit Kids in Landing (Duck Deal -
free week of classes for kids and adults)
The Growing Stage Children's Theatre of NJ
High View Farms in Budd Lake
Mary Kay by Renee Feldman (Duck Deal - 10% off)
Maxwell Pump & Water Services
Station Hardware in Landing (Duck Deal - 10% off)
Westside Hair Care (Duck Deal - 10% off Hair Services)
Special: Bring any 2014 Race Duck to Petals N 'Pine for