Rubber ducks swim to help the hungry and homelessby Marwa
Community Missions and Canal Fest of the Tonawanda's are partnering again this year to help the homeless and hungry through the 2011 annual duck race.
The yellow, pink and blue ducks will race at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, in the Erie Canal between Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.
Purchase individual ducks for $5 or choose a "Quack Pack" of six for $25, or a "Quacker's Dozen" of 13 ducks for $50, or "A Flock of 30" for $100. Duck adoptions are available online at www.communitymissions.org and in person at Canal Fest all week, July 17 to 23, at the tent with the yellow duck on the North Tonawanda side of the festival. Duck adoption will end at 2:30 p.m. on the day of the race. There are prizes for the top three winning racer ducks and 15 runners-up.
Along with the duck adoptions, anyone up to 18 years of age can participate in the duck race coloring contest for $1.
The duck race proceeds benefit crisis and community service programs of Community Missions, located at 1570 Buffalo Ave., Niagara Falls.
For more information, contact Katie Trombley, CMI's duck race coordinator, at 285-3403, ext 2225, or email [email protected].