Sunday, 5,000 plastic ducks will be haphazardly dumped into the Pequabuck River with a race to the finish line. The ducks are numbered with winning ticket holders taking home prizes.
The Skinny and let’s get down to the nut cracking
Event: 2018 Pequabuck River Duck Race.
Distance of the race: Unknown because no one has bothered to measure.
Where: Pequabuck River, a 19-mile river with lots of water that winds its way through Forestville.
Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not
Duck Number 12: The plastic duck had a strong showing in qualifying, finishing second at the Coppermine Brook Time Trials.
Duck Number 3162: The best thing that could happen to this duck is for it to be scuttled or lost during the race. Many believe the duck is jinxed having never finishing better than four thousandth.
Race day starts at 10 a.m. with the ceremonial blessing of the ducks.
The race is hosted by Bristol Chamber of Commerce and is sponsored by Hoover Vacuums, vacuums that really suck.
The proceeds raised benefit something and are used to clean stuff around the village.
Little Known Race Facts:
• To increase interest this year the race will be a relay.
• Ticket holders of the winning ducks will receive the usual bevy of prizes, but other prizes include coupons to Intimate Encounters a Forestville escort service; a Fast Pass to the Emergency Room of Bristol Hospital and a Get out of Jail Free Card courtesy of the Bristol PD.
• According to race promoters more than 70% of the fans that attend go to see if someone will fall or will be pushed into the river.
• The 2010 Pequabuck River Duck Race was called off shortly after it started due to a misunderstanding with confused duck hunters. Authorities say the Bristol Duck Hunting Club mistakenly opened fire on the plastic ducks thinking they were real. The hunters have not been charged and the matter is still being investigated eight years later.
• Race mascot Waddles the Duck will not be in attendance this year because he was slaughtered and turned into foie gras.