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By John Emge

Longest Running Community Event Returns to Cape May County!

Thu, August 11, 2016

Rubber Ducks make their way through the water

Leave it to one very special community event to bring Batman and Darth Vader, the very forces of good and evil, together for a great cause! On Sunday, August 14, the Rubber Ducky Regatta returns for its 23rd year in a row thanks to our partners and community volunteers.

To some, the regatta is more than just another fun community event. Ronnie Town of Atlantic City Electric and a Cape May County local, has been volunteering and fundraising for the ducky regatta for 23 years. For Ronnie, the regatta is not just about giving back to her community, but also bringing friends and loved ones together.

“My husband who passed away and I used to do it every year,” she said. “My family participates every year now. They're out selling ducks and they come to the races. It's important for us to give back to the community. It just feels good to give back.”

In 23 years, the Rubber Ducky Regatta has gone from a small ticket raffle on the boardwalk to an electrifying race around the Raging Waters Water Park at Morey’s Piers. Each year the regatta is packed with hundreds of participants and thousands of rubber ducks.

Tracy Dufault of the Wildwood Chamber of Commerce is another long time supporter of the regatta who says the energy of the event is what keeps participants coming back each year.

“I’ve been taking part in the regatta for 10 years now, and I've continued to sell ducks this year,” she said. “It's just such a fun environment and event for everyone involved.”

While the regatta is a great opportunity for friends and neighbors to get together, the regatta also attracts tourists year after year.

“We have people from all over come to the regatta. It attracts some tourists too. Some even plan their vacations around the regatta so they can attend,” said Dufault. “A lot of people also will stick around after the park is closed to watch the regatta and, hopefully, even buy a ducky.”

This year’s regatta is sure to be no different. Our volunteers and partners have been working hard selling ducks and are almost ready to drive Impact across the region.

If you and your family would like to support this year's Rubber Ducky Regatta, be sure to check out our website for more details.