Racing down river

PIQUA — Rubber ducks are not only for bath time. This summer for the Rockin’ River Duck Drop, people have the chance to adopt a rubber duck to support the local organization Mainstreet Piqua and possibly to win a prize from a Piqua business.

“It seemed like a great way to create a fun event that will ultimately benefit the downtown,” Lorna Swisher, executive director of Mainstreet Piqua, said. The proceeds will go towards Mainstreet Piqua, which usually does not have a general fundraising event. Mainstreet Piqua is responsible for hosting events like Taste of the Arts, Christmas on the Green, and much more.

The goal for Mainstreet Piqua is to sell at least 1,500 ducks.

“Over half have been sold,” Swisher said. “We’re doing really well, and we’re very, very pleased with how sales have been going.”

The ducks will have the chance to win their adopted owner a prize during the Rockin’ River Duck Drop on Saturday, August 1, at 6 p.m. Prior to the last Rock Piqua! Riverfront Concert Series event, the ducks will be dropped onto the Miami River.

“We are really excited that Protect Our Waterways are going to help us with the logistics,” Swisher said. Protect Our Waterways will be making sure that none of the ducks remain in the river.

The first three adopted ducks through the chute are the winners along with the last duck through the chute.

First place is $1,000 cash donated by Piqua Guitar. Second place is a $500 landscaping makeover. Third place is a $250 Shopping Spree at Barclay’s Men’s-Women’s Clothier in downtown Piqua. The last adopted duck through the chute will receive a rocker or recliner donated by Town and Country Furniture in downtown Piqua.

To adopt a duck, stop by one of following downtown businesses: Piqua Guitar, 408 N. Main Street; Readmore’s Hallmark, 430 N. Main Street; Tapestry Angel, 516 Spring Street; Unity National Bank, 215 N. Wayne Street; Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, 500 N. Wayne Street; or Mainstreet Piqua, 326 N. Main Street.

A single duck costs $5, a Quack Pack of six ducks costs $25, and a Big Quack of 25 ducks costs $100.