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The Great Duck Race, coming May 29th, 2011.

Duck Race, Wilmington, VermontWhat do rubber duckies, the Deerfield River and Memorial Day have in common?  The 24th Annual Great Duck Race, of course.

Come Sunday, May 29th, it is time to place your bets on your favorite duck and watch it bob down the river towards the finish line. The Great Duck Race, which benefits the "Make a Wish Foundation," is a Wilmington tradition and is a great way to get outside in the spring sunshine, enjoy the river and support a great cause.

At noon on the 29th about 1,500 yellow rubber ducks are released into a tributary of the Deerfield River. The ducks are all numbered with corresponding ticket numbers sold for $4.00. The first 100 or so ducks to finish carry prizes.

Here's how it works. Arrive by 11:00 AM to purchase your ticket(s) and place your bets. It's a lot like a horse race -- keep an eye out for your lucky duck and hope that it crosses the finish line first. Local businesses always donate lots of great prizes, and the closer you come to the first place spot, the bigger your prize. No word yet on what the first place prize is (a new car? Probably not. But it'll be awesome, promise).

All 1,500 ducks are placed into the river randomly at the start of the race, so keep your fingers crossed for a spot near the front of the pack. The best spot to watch the action is of course the Rte. 9 bridge in the hear of downtown Wilmington.

Pack a picnic, bring the family, and enjoy this great event.  And if the sun and excitement wear you out, we'd be happy to set you up in one of our rental homes if you need a place to stay for the long weekend.

Don't "duck" out on this event, it's going to be a blast.

P.S. Sorry about the "duck" pun. Had to do it.

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