Duck Race&Festival poster.low res.3JULY 19, 2014

cropped-new-flyer-duck-race.jpgCooleemee, 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


2 Responses to

  1. Julia says:

    We have reserved the shelter on July 5th. What address should we give to our guests? Any additional instructions that we can include to navigate once they are inside the park?

    • admin says:

      There is a main trail that leads from the parking lot to the dam on the South Yakin River. There you will find a sandy beach below the falls of the dam where you can fish, raft, or swim. Bringing a bathing suit and towel is highly recommend. Make sure you walk around because there are trails that will take you above the dam. We would also like to invite you to our Annual Duck and Tube Race on July 19th.

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