Duck Race to Kickoff First Day of Summer Downtown

Harrisburg, PA – Summer is getting kicked off with a splash in Downtown Harrisburg this week. In conjunction with the Discover the Ducks Downtown outdoor exhibit, the Downtown Improvement District and Kamionka Entertainment Group are hosting a Duck Race. The Duck Race will take place on Wednesday, June 21st at noon.

Rubber duckies will float down Walnut Street (between 2nd & 3rd Streets). Duckies can be purchased for one dollar at DID, Pita Pit, Sandwich Man, Park Harrisburg managed by SP+, Amma Jo (in Strawberry Square) and at Sawyer’s (during open hours). The first duck to cross the finish line will win $1,000. All the funds raised from selling the ducks will benefit the Harrisburg Fire Department.

The highlight of race day will be when a team of four Harrisburg police officers face off against four Harrisburg firemen in a relay-style race on duck rafts. The winning team will receive a month of free coffee and donuts for their entire department at Anna Rose Bakery & Coffee Shop courtesy of Ron Kamionka.

“We are so excited to kickoff summer with such a unique event that not only raises money for our friends at the Fire Department, but also draws attention to our summer-long Discover the Ducks Downtown exhibit,” said Leigh Ann M. Urban, Director of Marketing for the Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District. “Be sure to join us at lunch time for the first ever on-street rubber ducky race in downtown!”

Rubber duckies will be available for purchase through Tuesday at each of the businesses listed. There will be day-of sales for a limited time prior to the race on Walnut Street near Anna Rose Bakery & Coffee Shop. Thank you to Capital Region Water for their support of this event.

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