Real Ducks vs. Rubber Ducks — Rumble in the Village
Some actual ducks tried to get in on the action, as the Kiwanis sold sponsorships to the Memorial Day Rubber Ducky Race outside Maplewood Stationers.
It was ducks meet rubber ducks today in Maplewood Village, as a pair of actual ducks wandered by the Kiwanis' table outside of Maplewood Stationers where volunteers were selling sponsorships of rubber ducks for this year's annual Rubber Duck Race.
The South Orange & Maplewood Kiwanis 14th Annual Rubber Duck Race will be held on Memorial Day, in Maplewood's Memorial Park following the Memorial Day parade and festivities at Maplewood Town Hall.
The rubber duck racers can be sponsored for a donation of five dollars at Maplewood Stationers, Marine Agency and the South Mountain YMCA in the days leading up to the day of the race, as well as at the starting line on the Oakview Avenue bridge on Memorial Day.
Proceeds from the event go towards helping the club raise money for the various children’s organizations that they support. Some of these organizations include the South Mountain YMCA, local Boy & Girl Scouts troops, as well as the Youth & Consultation Service of New Jersey.
The event promises an afternoon of fun and excitement with hundreds cheering on their ducks to win.
There will be six heats in which 600 rubber duck racers will compete. In each, the first 12 ducks to cross the finish line win prizes (each duck has a number written on it in indelible marker).
Ducks are "sold" in front of The Maplewood Stationers every weekend.