Rubber Ducky Regatta

Yellow Rubber Duckies Preparing to Invade Collegeville

First-Ever Rubber Ducky Regatta
to be Held on the Perkiomen Creek May 4th
Event Provides Water-Themed Fun for the Entire Family!

CEDC Executive Director Rachael Morrison has been working for months on a battle plan. In May, she is preparing an assault on Collegeville through the release of scores of little rubber ducks upon the Perkiomen Creek. "It took a lot of planning, but we finally got our ducks in a row," says Morrison. "My hunch is that everyone will see the pure fun in this event and consider it to be just ducky. When the ducks go on sale, I predict that our local residents will flock to buy them and will find that they canard stop. Once they get hooked on the race, they won't know waddle to do; they will realize that it is way more fun than it's quacked up to be."

Join us from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel parking lot to celebrate everything we love about the Perkiomen Creek in a fun competition pitting each person's rubber ducky against other ducks as they race (or rather slowly float) toward the finish line at the Perkiomen Creek Bridge.

It's fun for the whole family, and once you have entered the race, you are eligible to compete for wonderful prizes. Top prizes, which are donated by local businesses, will be awarded for the first 30 winning ducks. They range from gift certificates to our grand prize of a $250 Visa Card for the fastest duck on the Perky.

Here is how it works:  Buy one or more cute souvenir ducks from the UC Bookstore. Ducks are $5 each and the souvenir duck you buy is yours to keep. Each time an individual buys a duck, they will be given a number, which is the number of their corresponding race duck that will navigate the Perky. The race will begin up the river from the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel and will end at the Perkiomen Creek Bridge. The race will begin at 2 p.m.; winners will be announced at 2:30 p.m. You don't need to be present to win.

Additionally, in the month before the race, there will be an ongoing contest on both the CEDC Facebook page and its web site where individuals can win up to $100 in cash and prizes for guessing which local business one of the ducks is visiting.

In addition to the duck race, the Rubber Ducky Regatta features a tasty line-up of great eats from local chefs, including Phamous Phil's BBQ and a Pig Roast. Live music and dance will also be part of the action, and you won't want to miss the spirited performances of the Dance Depot. And for kids, there are plenty of water/fish/duck-themed games, contests and prizes in the Kids Area.

With the focus of the afternoon on the creek, The Perkiomen Watershed Alliance will be there to provide us with information about the creek and how we can participate in their many programs to keep the stream healthy.

Also of high interest is the restoration of the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel. Tom Crawford, the new owner, will be on hand to discuss his plans to bring the hotel back to life.

The Collegeville Fire Company, which is in charge of rescues on the creek, will also be there with their emergency vehicles and boat.

Special thanks to Meridian Bank for sponsoring the Rubber Ducky Regatta, and thanks to the many businesses that donated prizes. For more information on the Regatta event, go to

The event is a fundraiser for the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC) to raise funds to be able to continue to organize family-friendly events for Collegeville. The non-profit also maintains a community calendar of everything that is happening in the community. Check it out at For more information about the Rubber Ducky Regatta, contact Rachael Morrison at 610-454-1050 or

Perkiomen Bridge Hotel Parking Lot

Main St. and Rt. 29
Collegeville, PA 19426

Saturday, May 4, 2013


Rachael Morrison