Up to 10,000 yellow rubber ducks will race through downtown on Saturday, May 5, during the 14th annual Reedy River Duck Derby.
The Reedy River Duck Derby is the Rotary Club of Greenville Evening’s primary charitable fundraising project and a popular event downtown. The organization aims to help local businesspeople work together to give back to the community.
Interested derby participants can buy a single duck for $10, or they can buy a “Super Quack Pack” of five ducks for $30 through April 14. After that date, the pack will be four ducks for $30.
Eric Krichbaum, president of the Rotary Club, said there will be a variety of prizes for derby participants, especially for those who place first, second, and third. “Just like the Kentucky Derby, there are grand prizes for winning, placing, and showing,” Krichbaum said.
The person whose duck first makes it over the falls and through a chute at the bottom wins $75 a week in groceries for a year from Publix and an opportunity to win $1 million. The second-place finisher receives $1,500 in cash. The third-place finisher is awarded an all-expenses-paid paid golf weekend at Embassy Suites.
A new addition to the derby this year is the Duck Derby Hat Contest, sponsored by Locally Epic. Participants are encouraged to enter the contest and wear a hat with a duck theme to the Duck Derby. The hats will be reviewed by a panel of local celebrity judges, and contest winners will be eligible for cash prizes.
In addition to the duck race, there will be local food vendors, family-friendly activities, and live performances by local musicians.