Thursday, August 13, 2015

Their Ducks Are In a Row ... at First

Mercury Photo by John Strickler
The Rotary Club's signature giant duck makes its way down High Street during this year's July 4th parade.

Blogger's Note: The following was provided by The Rotary Club of Pottstown 

The Rotary Club's 24th Annual Rotary Duck Race will be held this Saturday, Aug. 15th at 4 p.m. at Memorial Park, Pottstown. 

This year, the Rotary Duck Race, a long-standing tradition in Pottstown, is being held in conjunction with and in tribute of Pottstown’s Bicentennial Celebration. 

For added family fun, Rotary’s signature 16 foot high big yellow duck (seen above) will be on hand for the race.

Started in 1991 by the Rotary Club of Pottstown, The Rotary Duck Race was founded to help community-based charities/non-profit groups raise money to support their programs. 

Rotary, along with members of participating charities/ non-profit groups, sell tickets for the race, with a pro-rated portion of all ticket sales reverting back to those groups to help support their work in the community. 

Each ticket sold has a number that corresponds to a plastic duck with that same number. 

Numbered ducks are then released into and float down the Manatawny Creek in Memorial Park for the race. 

A host of prizes is awarded to ticket holders of those ducks fastest to cross the finish line, and a prize is even given for the last duck to finish the race.

Last year, the Rotary Club of Pottstown, along with local individuals and businesses, contributed over 100 prizes for this event, totaling over $10,000 in value. 

Rotary expects this year’s event to be an even bigger success, and will be awarding a wide range of prizes, including $1,000 cash, a 40 inch HDTV Television, and an iPad.

In addition to being lots of fun, the Rotary Duck Race is a great way to support our local community. 

In fact, since the inception of the Rotary Duck Race, The Rotary Club of Pottstown has contributed more than $315,000 to non-profit organizations in the Pottstown area because of this wonderful event.

Tickets for this Pottstown tradition can be purchased from participating charities/non-profits or from
Rotary Club members. 

 Rotary will also be selling tickets on Rotary Duck Race Day at Memorial Park Saturday. 

For a complete listing of participating charities/non-profits which will benefit from this event and who are selling Rotary Duck Race tickets, visit

Rotary is a local and international service organization comprised of men and women committed to making a positive contribution in their community and the world. 

The Rotary Club of Pottstown supports a number of programs in Pottstown, including, literacy building, the Pottstown Halloween Parade, student scholarships, Operation Backpack, and Meals on Wheels.

The club also sponsors the Pottstown High School Interact Club, a service club for high school students. To learn more about The Rotary Club of Pottstown, please visit

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