8/26: Floyd 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
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 part of a fundraiser for the Floyd County Chamber of Commerce on Saturday, August 25th at On the Water in Floyd. Duck tickets for a numbered duck can be purchased for $5 each. 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.

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 Joy Gardner, 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.”

The event will feature summertime music presented by local DJ, Linda DeVito. The Duck race will again be utilizing Sustain Floyd’s Voltzwagon, which will provide solar power for the music. The event committee is placing a strong emphasis on kid’s activities again this year along with a cookout-themed menu featuring grilled hot dogs and hamburgers. “We want to continue to have a family-friendly lunchtime event along the river,” commented Gardner. “On the Water’s site is a great, accessible venue for watching the race and then enjoying a good meal with some live music and fun activities with family and friends.”

Plans were cancelled for repeating the Little River Cleanup Day in Floyd again this year after a successful first year in 2017. “We did not have enough people signing up by the deadline of August 10th for us to feel comfortable moving forward this year,” said Terri Morris, Floyd County Administrator. This 2018 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.

Last year 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.

In addition to presenting sponsors, On The Water In Floyd and Sustain Floyd, event supporters of this chamber fundraising event, which supports Floyd Visitor Center operations, are: Apple Ridge Farm, Bella La Vita Inn, Citizens, Clark Gas and Oil, County of Floyd, Edward Jones, First Bank & Trust, Floyd Farm Bureau, Floyd Press, Food Lion, New Mountain Mercantile, Phoenix Hardwoods, Pine Tavern Lodge, Residential Mortgage Services, Skyline National Bank, Slaughters Supermarket, Stone, Houston, Beauchamp, & Associates, T & E Small Engine, The Landmark Group, Thomas and Wall, Thompson and Griffin, Town of Floyd, and Turman Log Homes.

Duck tickets can be purchased in person at the Floyd Visitor Center and Chamber office, next door to Blue Ridge Restaurant, or online at www.floydchamber.org. Chamber board members are also selling tickets. The event is scheduled for noon to 3pm. For more information about the event, call 745-4407 or email info@floydchamber.org.