JACKSON — The 30th annual Jackson Wildquack Duck Race and Music Festival drew large crowds to Jackson Village on Sunday, with Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kathleen Flammia saying it was one of the most successful duck races in the history of the event.
“We sold out all of our Olympic-sized ducks, and we nearly sold out of our regular-sized ducks,” said Flammia.
Money raised by the sales goes to support the chamber, as well as to help local groups such as the Kennett High Key Club and Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley.
People buy their duck tickets from volunteers. The numbered rubber ducks are released into the Wildcat River above the bridge by the Wentworth Inn, then tumble down the fast-moving waters.
The first ducks to cross the finish the line get prizes, and the last duck gets a prize as well.
Flammia said first place ($1,000) in the “Big Duck” category went to a visitor from Foster, R.I., and first place (also $1,000) in the regular duck cqtegory went to someone from North Providence, R.I.
Local resident Nora Mulkern-Bean of the Shannon Door Pub of Jackson won $720 in the Olympic category.
“We gave out 60 other prizes, with local businesses donating more than $10,000 in merchandise and gift certificates,” said Flammia.
“It was a very successful fundraiser for our chamber," she said.
Serving as emcees were Rob Clark of the RecycleMobile of North Conway and his son, Reid, of the family's Trail's End Ice Cream of Intervale.
New last year, musical entertainment was added to the event again this year. Performing were Dennis and Davey, Al “the Rev” Shafner and the Rev Tones and the Jonathan Sarty Band.
Food vendors were also featured, along with a children’s train ride and face painting booths.
The annual Duck Parade was held from the reopened Jackson Covered Bridge through the village prior to the start of the duck race on the Wildcat River.
For more information, call the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce at (603) 383-9356 or go to jacksonnh.com.