PIQUA — What do collectible trading cards and ducks have in common? Well, for Mainstreet Piqua supporters who adopt a quack pack of ducks for the upcoming Rockin’ River Duck Drop, they will be treated to a specifically designed Rockin’ River Duck Drop Trading Card.
The trading cards were the idea of the Rockin’ River Duck Drop committee members. The ducky artwork on each card was created by local illustrator Aaron Lindeman, and the layout and design of the cards were done by Robin Heintz, committee member and communications specialist at the Piqua Public Library.
“We always tell our supporters that, after their duck has been adopted, it is put into a rigorous ‘duck training program.’ These trading cards show just a few elements of that training program,” Lisa Whitaker, chair of the duck drop committee, said. “The trading cards are just a fun way to add additional interest and a new dimension to the event. It’s such a quirky event; we decided to have a little fun with it. We think our supporters will get a big kick out of them.”
In all, there are 10 different trading cards featuring ducks doing various exercise programs including canoeing, boxing, roller skating, running, and yoga among others. The names of the duck characters are all appropriate for their sport, including “Ducky Balboa” for the boxing duck and “Paddles McGee” for the canoeing duck. There is even a “Gene Swimmins” card for the guitar playing duck!
Each week a picture of the trading cards will be posted on the Rockin’ River Duck Drop Facebook page at www.facebook.com/piquaduckdrop, and those interested in collecting the cards can stop by the Mainstreet Piqua office or the information booth at the Piqua Community Farmer market to pick up that week’s card. A trading card will also be included in any quack pack adoption.
The Rockin’ River Duck Drop is in its third year and is a major fundraiser for Mainstreet Piqua. The funds raised by the Duck Drop event are used to support Mainstreet Piqua’s mission of celebrating and promoting downtown Piqua. Duck adoption forms are available at the Mainstreet Piqua office, Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, Apple Tree Gallery, Readmore’s Hallmark, The Tapestry Angel, Unity National Bank and the Miami Valley Centre Mall. They can also be adopted online at www.mainstreetpiqua.com. A single duck adoption is $5, a quack pack is available for $25 (six ducks) and a grand quack is $100 for 25 ducks. The duck drop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 6 p.m. at Lock 9 Park.
Sponsors for the Rockin’ River Duck Drop include Unity National Bank, A.M. Leonard, Crayex Corporation, Ticon Paving, Miami Valley Centre Mall, and PSC Crane & Rigging. Prize donors include Tom Lillicrap Mulch & Timber Services, Barclay’s Men’s-Women’s Clothier and Town and Country Furniture.
For more information about the event call Mainstreet Piqua at 773-9355.