Cooleemee, NC—There’s really no chance that ducks will become an endangered species on the South Yadkin River. A large infusion appears like clockwork every July, replenishing their ranks annually. Oddly, hundreds of humans also appear to cheer these small yellow creatures as they begin their quick trek downriver from the Cooleemee dam.
In its 5th year, the Great Bullhole Duck Race activities start on Saturday, July 19th at 10:30 a.m. with the South Yadkin Tube Race under the Cooleemee Junction Wildlife Access Area’s train Trestle. The tube race ends at the Cooleemee dam. The 1st place prize is $100 cash along with a unique bull trophy. You must be 16 years or older and be registered to officially race.
The main event is the Duck Race which awards a $300 cash prize for the 1st place, $150 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd the place winner. It begins at 1 pm SHARP at the Cooleemee Dam in RiverPark. Each Duck ticket represents a chance for your numbered duck to win the race and can be purchased for $5. A “Quack Pack” of six can be purchased for $25. Bring your family for a hot dog lunch with all the fixings as well as cold drinks from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Duck tickets are available in Cooleemee at Village Auto, the Zachary House and Cooleemee Town Hall and in Mocksville at the Chamber of Commerce on South Salisbury Street. Call (336) 284-6040 or (704) 245-2993 for more information about the Great Bullhole Duck Race, the South Yadkin Tube Race or RiverPark.
RiverPark straddles the South Yadkin River at Cooleemee. It is an 80 acre nature park with a large picnic shelter on the Rowan County side at the end of Erwin Temple Church Road, just off Needmore Road. Proceeds from the Duck Race go to keep RiverPark open, clean and safe. Donations and volunteers are always welcome. Write us at RiverPark, PO Box 735, Cooleemee, NC 27014