Ducks Invade Manatawny Creek For 25th Year

POTTSTOWN PA – They bob. They weave. They get really wet, and occasionally they take a spill. Undaunted, though, the more than 3,500 plastic floating ducks to be assembled Aug. 20 (2016; Saturday) for the Pottstown Rotary Club‘s 25th annual duck race will head for their charitable finish line on Manatawny Creek in Memorial Park, 75 W. King St.

The race, which begins at 4 p.m., is being held with activities of the Pottstown Veterans’ Community Day, also at the park. That event will honor the nation, and American veterans and their service to the country and its way of life. It’s slated to include live music, local crafts and artisans, engaging speakers, and of course, yellow ducks galore.

Started by Pottstown Rotarians in 1991, the duck race was founded to help community-based charities and non-profit groups raise money to support their programs. Rotary club members, along with those of the participating groups, sell tickets for the race. Each ticket sold has a number that corresponds to a plastic duck with that same number.

Numbered ducks are released into and float down Manatawny Creek, with prizes being awarded to ticket holders of those ducks fastest to cross the finish line. A prize is even given for the last duck to finish the race. A portion of all ticket sales is returned to the groups to fund their work in the community.

Duck tickets are available for purchase now from Rotary Club members, as well as from representatives of participating groups, and at the park on race day.

The club last year, along with local individuals and businesses, contributed more 100 prizes for this event, valued at more than $10,000. It said it expects this year’s event to be an even bigger success, intends to award a wide range of prizes that include $1,000 cash, a 40-inch HD television, and an Apple watch or a Smart Phone watch.

Since its inception, the duck race has resulted in contributions of more than $325,000 to Pottstown area non-profits.

Photo from the Pottstown Rotary Club