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Adopted Ducks Ready To Race

“Yes, there is a rubber duck race on Saturday.  Yes, there is still time to adopt a duck before the event. And yes it is also a family fun day in Constitution Square downtown,” said South Boston Community Development Coordinator Tamyra Vest.

Anyone in the family can participate in the ‘Ducks On The Dan Derby Duck Race’ by adopting a duck for $5 which makes them eligible to win any of the prizes.

Ducks can be adopted in person at Duck Central located at 432 Main Street, South Boston. Vest and others will be selling duck adoptions while they last in Constitution Square on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The public is invited to come and view the race from the Highway 501 bridge in Riverdale where thousands of numbered ducks will be dropped all at once at 3 p.m., Vest said.

Also throughout the daylong event, the public can enjoy deejay duck music and dancing, karaoke and more in Constitution Square.   

A variety of foods can be purchased from the two food vendors starting at 11 a.m. and continuing to 5 p.m. Ice cream treats also will be available.

For just $10, kids can buy a wristband that allows them to enjoy a total of eight inflatables all day, or they can pay $1 per ride, Vest said.

Main Street Methodist Church youth will sponsor a kids’ game and activity area for a $1 donation, she said.

Rhythm Dance Academy will be on stage performing at noon, and “Quacky,” the duck mascot, will be around the Square during the entire event and available for pictures with the kids.

And if things heat up too much, Vest said festivalgoers can duck into the “mist tent” and get cooled down.

All sorts of duck paraphernalia will be for sale throughout the event, she added. 

“You don’t want to miss this one of a kind event!  That’s this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The duck race will start at 3 p.m., and you can view the race, start and finish, from the 501 bridge in Riverdale. It’s finally here, the 3rd annual ‘Ducks On The Dan Derby Duck Race,’” an excited Vest continued.
For more information call the ‘Quackline’ at 575-6246 or visit www.ducksonthedan.com. 

“We look forward to seeing you at the race,” she concluded.


The Town of South Boston will close Highway 501 South at the Dan River Bridge in Riverdale Saturday from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. due to the duck race activities. Detour signs will be placed to divert traffic and eliminate traffic congestion.