8/24: Floyd Chamber Rubber Duck Race

Daniel Sowers, owner of On The Water In Floyd, holds up the winning duck in a prior Floyd Chamber Rubber Duck Race as volunteers wait to retrieve other ducks from the river after the ducks cross the finish line

Hundreds of rubber ducks will float down the Little River during the Floyd Rubber Duck Race again as a Floyd County Chamber of Commerce fundraiser on Saturday, August 24th at On the Water in Floyd. The top prize for the duck that crosses the finish line first is $300 with the second place receiving $200 and third place receiving $100. Duck tickets for a numbered duck can be purchased for $5 each.

The duck drop at the bridge over the Little River at the intersection of Slusher Store and Thunderstruck Rd is at 1:30pm. The race course is a little under a half mile long ending near Thunderstruck and Sowers Rd. “No Duck will be left behind,” pointed out Shep Nance, a chamber board member who serves on the event’s steering committee. “Volunteers working with On The Water, one of our presenting sponsors, will retrieve the ducks after they cross the finish line along with any that get snagged along the river bank.”

This year’s event will have a special 50 Years of Love (YOL) theme. Floyd has partnered with Virginia Tourism Corporation through a grant to celebrate the golden anniversary of the “Virginia is for Lovers” slogan/logo with special events and promotions in Floyd. The event will feature 1969 summertime music presented by local DJ, Linda DeVito. Attendees will also have the opportunity for some fun 1969-themed photo booth opportunities and recive free 50 YOL goodies.

The Duck race will again be utilizing Sustain Floyd’s Voltzwagon, which will provide solar power for the music. Children’s activities and grilled hot dog and hamburger meals will be offered again. “We want to continue to have a family-friendly lunchtime event along the river,” commented Nance. “On the Water’s site is a great, accessible venue for watching the race and then enjoying a good meal with some music and fun activities with family and friends, including a swim or float down the river.” The June Bug Center for Arts and Education is providing facepainting this year.

Floyd County’s Little River Cleanup Day will take place at the same location earlier in the morning. The 2019 ReNew The New event was scheduled as part of river cleanup days in each county in the New River Valley, with the Little River being part of the New River watershed. Planning and operational support for the Little River Cleanup Day event is provided by the County of Floyd, the Town of Floyd, and On The Water in Floyd as well as the New River Valley Regional Commission. During the last Little River cleanup day, fifty-six volunteers worked with about forty people from On The Water In Floyd staff, Town of Floyd employees and councilmembers, and County of Floyd employees to clean 9.91 miles of water and 3.5 miles of land. As a result of their hard work, they collected 340 lbs of trash, 86 car tires, one tractor tire, five truck tires and one truck wheel that weighed 100 lbs. Participating volunteers can take advantage of a special two-for-one duck ticket sales offer upon completing their cleanup shift and showing their related wristbands.

In addition to presenting sponsors, On The Water In Floyd, County of Floyd, and Sustain Floyd, event supporters of this chamber fundraising event, which supports Floyd Visitor Center operations, are: Citizens, Edward Jones, Floyd Farm Bureau, Floyd Press, New Mountain Mercantile, Phoenix Hardwoods, Residential Mortgage Services, Skyline National Bank, T & E Small Engine, Thomas and Wall, and Turman Log Homes.

Duck tickets can be purchased in person at the Floyd Visitor Center and Chamber office – located next door to Cocoa Mia and across the street from the courthouse building, or online at www.floydchamber.org, or at the event from noon to 1:15pm. Chamber board members are also selling tickets. For more information about the event, call 745-4407 or email info@floydchamber.org.

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Attached Photo: Daniel Sowers, owner of On The Water In Floyd, holds up the winning duck in a prior Floyd Chamber Rubber Duck Race as volunteers wait to retrieve other ducks from the river after the ducks cross the finish line

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