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Westport’s Great Duck Race Raises Funds For Charity

More than 2,000 rubber ducks race down the Saugatuck River in Westport during the fifth annual Great Duck Race Saturday.
More than 2,000 rubber ducks race down the Saugatuck River in Westport during the fifth annual Great Duck Race Saturday. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
About 2,300 rubber ducks are launched into Westport's Saugatuck River Saturday during the fifth annual Great Duck Race.
About 2,300 rubber ducks are launched into Westport's Saugatuck River Saturday during the fifth annual Great Duck Race. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Thousands of rubber ducks float atop Westport's Saugatuck River Saturday before the start of the Great Duck Race.
Thousands of rubber ducks float atop Westport's Saugatuck River Saturday before the start of the Great Duck Race. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari
Hundreds of people line the bank of the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport to watch the Great Duck Race Saturday.
Hundreds of people line the bank of the Saugatuck River in downtown Westport to watch the Great Duck Race Saturday. Photo Credit: Vanessa Inzitari

WESTPORT, Conn. — Approximately 2,300 rubber ducks raced down Westport’s Saugatuck River for a good cause Saturday during the fifth annual Great Duck Race .

Organized by the Westport Sunrise Rotary Club , the family-friendly event raises funds for nearly 20 local charities, including Elder House, Homes With Hope, Meals on Wheels, Mercy Learning Center, Project Return, Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities, Big Brothers/Sisters of Southwestern Connecticut and more.

As part of the race, participants were able to purchase a numbered rubber duck for $20. These ducks were then entered into the race, and the ticket holders of the first 10 ducks that crossed the finish line won cash prizes.

The event also included children’s arts and crafts, games, a duck decorating contest, music and food.

New to this year's festivities was a dunk tank. For $5, participants were given three balls — and three chances — to dunk well-known residents like Schools Superintendent Elliott Landon, Representative Town Meeting Moderator Eileen Flug, First Selectman candidate and former Board of Education Vice Chairman Jim Marpe, Selectman Charlie Haberstroh and the Rev. Ed Horne into a tank full of water.

The event was held in Parker Harding Plaza. Proceeds from the day will be donated to the Sunrise Rotary charities.

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