Held in Memorial Park at the Oakview Avene bridge, the Maplewood Rubber Duck Race consists of dumping many numbered rubber ducks into the river to see which one gets to the end first. Today’s event was especially interesting due to the early morning thunderstorm which raised the level of the usually sleepy creek and quickened the pace a bit.
Run by the Kiwanis Club of Maplewood & South Orange, the race is a major fundraiser for the Kiwanis club to support their youth programs. The race consists of six heats. The first 11 ducks to finish win their respective ticket holders a prize. The prizes range from gift certificates to local businesses to Kindles and flat screen TV’s. It is also a time when people run into friends and neighbors and have a picnic while waiting for the races to finish.