WESTPORT, Conn. — Sunny the Duck seems determined to put on a show as he floats about the Saugatuck River in Westport to promote next week's Great Duck Race.
The giant yellow waterfowl ended up on his side and beaten down by heavy rain on Thursday.
But on Friday, which was bright and breezy, Sunny was floating and swirling about the Saugatuck River. He drew admiring grins from passersby even though he was still stuck on his side.
Maybe it was the sun, but the sight was more fun than Thursday, when a rescue team set out in a canoe to untangle the ropes that anchor Sunny in the river.
The Great Duck Race is an annual fundraiser run by the Westport Sunrise Rotary. It is set for Saturday, June 3. The fun starts at 9 a.m. and continues until 2 p.m. at Parker Harding Plaza in downtown Westport.
For the big race, over 2,000 rubber ducks will be dumped into the Saugatuck at 11:30 a.m. by a front loader, which is quite a sight to behold. The race starts at noon.
A total of $10,000 in prizes will be awarded.
The event is great for families, with a bouncy house, nerdy derby, tennis ball toss, fire trucks, duck decorating, face painting and more, along with food and drinks.
One of this year's sponsors is Stew Leonard's, which promotes swimming safety with its own duck mascot, Stewie the Duck.
For more information on the Great Duck Race, click here to visit the Westport Sunrise Rotary website.