YOUR VIEW: Many thanks for the duck race

Published on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:48
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To the Editor,

On behalf of the Bristol Chamber of Commerce, we would like to thank the many people who helped make the 2019 Pequabuck River Duck Race Festival a success. This was our 15th annual festival and we couldn’t have done it without our sponsors and community friends. While we had to get creative due to the unsafe conditions of the river from the historic rainfall of April and early May we heard from many that they still enjoyed their time, as well as a good old fashion raffle drawing instead of seeing their ducks race down the river. We, as well as the rest of the community, are already thinking nice sunny thoughts for the 2020 race to be held on Sunday, May 3rd!

Our community partners are instrumental in our success. Thanks to the Bristol Central Booster Club, Bristol Central Maroon & White Committee, Bristol Central Study Abroad Program, Bristol Education Foundation, Bristol Exchange Club, Bristol Rotary Club, Miss Forestville Scholarship Organization, Mountain View PTO, United Way of West Central CT, and Veteran’s Strong Community Center for teaming up with us.

Additionally, we’d like to thank our retail location partners who began selling tickets for us in mid-February and continued all the way up until festival weekend. Thank you to those locations, including: Bristol Senior Center, City True Value, Crystal Diner, Delish Lounge, First Bristol Federal Credit Union, Get Up N Dance, Greer’s Chicken, Max Pizza, One Fifty Central, RiSu Martial Arts Academy, Silvana Day Spa & Salon, Southside Meat Market, Tollman Spring, United Bank, and Woof Pack.

Many thanks go to our generous sponsors The Ultimate Companies, Yarde Metals, Sandy’s TV & Appliances, ServPro of Bristol, Barnes Group, Broadview Manor, Webster Bank, Woof Pack, and Shean Layton of Santander Bank.

An extra special thank you goes to Lindsay Vigue and the City of Bristol Arts and Culture Commission. Lindsay worked tirelessly with us to secure two special features, the live mural by Black Pearl Custom Artwork, and the Hartford Hot Several interactive marching band.

Additionally, we would like to thank Lindsay for helping us find our event map illustrator, Sara Sherman of Paint into a Corner. Sara, thank you so much for creating such a great visual.

Thank you to all of our prize donors for your generosity: Primo Press, Chippanee Country Club, DoubleTree by Hilton Bristol, Tunxis Country Club, Service Master of Waterbury, Lake Compounce, Woof Pack, Ascension Athletics, City True Value, Silvana Day Spa & Salon, Connecticut Beer Tours, Annette Jenkins of Avon Products, David Haberfeld, The Basket Place, Veteran’s Strong Community Center, Crystal Diner, The Railroad Museum of New England, Max Pizza, Mountain View PTO, ShopRite, April Rudman of Pampered Chef, Soldier Solutions, JV Taproom, J. Timothy’s Restaurant, Thomaston Savings Bank, Delish Lounge, Price Chopper, and Walmart.

In addition, we would like to thank those who organized the special events we had throughout the day including Ascension Athletics, Delish Lounge, San Gennaro Restaurant, and the Mariachi Academy of New England.

Also we would like to thank our festival supporters: the terrific Paul Lavoie who was our emcee of the festival, Bristol Eastern High School Girls’ Volleyball & Softball Teams for helping get our ducks in a row, Bristol Parks and Recreation for the PA system, Bristol Public Works for road barricades and trash cans, Miss Bristol-Forestville Scholarship Organization, the 186th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol, and the Bristol Central High School Excel Club for all of their help, Pequabuck River Watershed Association for helping keep the river beautiful, Broad Street Self Storage for giving our ducks a great home while they aren’t racing, volunteers Jason Fields, Kevin D’Agostino, Andrea Tarantino, Judi-Ann Lausier, and Eric Liegeot, CERT for keeping us safe, and Carrier Construction who hung our banner AND all of our vendors who made the event a lot of fun to attend.

Finally, we would like to give a big thank you to Cheryl Thibault whom many of you know as Cheryl but during the festival she was also known as Wally the Duck. Cheryl, you made this festival a truly unforgettable experience and we thank you for not only generously volunteering to be our mascot but also for the other countless hours during your tenure as co-chair for the previous 14 years of the Duck Race.

Thank you to everyone who helped us, bought a ticket, or attended the event and we will see you all for the 16th Annual Bristol Chamber of Commerce Pequabuck River Duck Race on May 3, 2020!


Dee Babkirk, Katie D’Agostino, and Jill Fitzgerald

Pequabuck River Duck Race Chairs

Bristol Chamber of Commerce

Posted in The Bristol Press, Letters on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:48. Updated: Wednesday, 8 May 2019 17:50.