BRISTOL - The 12th Annual Pequabuck River duck race returns Sunday as contestants float 5,000 rubber ducks downstream with the hopes of winning prizes.
The race, sponsored by the Central CT Chambers of Commerce and the Forestville Village Association, will begin at 2 p.m. near Crowley Kia at 223 Broad St and end by the Central St. bridge. Each contestant will be given a rubber duck to put their number on and the first 27 ducks to finish will win their contestants a prize. First place wins $1,500, second place wins $1,000 and third place wins an Xbox One bundle. The other prizes will include gift cards to local businesses.
"There is a huge turnout every year," said Rebecca White, marketing and communications director with the Chamber and one of the event co-chairs. "We love putting on something everyone can come to. The Chamber does a lot of business-oriented events so it is nice to do something more community focused. We race ducks because they have become the chamber’s unofficial mascot."
In addition to the race, there will be a craft fair starting at 10 a.m. as well as 54 vendors including local restaurants and community organizations.
"This is the first year we sold out of vendor space," said White. "Last year we came pretty close. There will be a huge variety of food from shish kebab to taffy and we will also have crafters selling jewelry and candles. Local organizations such as the Boyscouts, churches and the Quota Club, will also have tables."
Additionally, a block party along the bridge, with bounce houses for children, will be held at 11 a.m., which the radio station 102.9 The Whale will DJ.
Tickets to participate are $5 and can be purchased at Nuchie’s Restaurant at 164 Central St. leading up to the event. The event is free to spectate.
For more information, visit centralctchambers.org or call 860-584-4718.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.