The duck race managed by Rotarians is traditionally a highly-anticipated event. Tickets were sold matching numbers stamped on rubber duckies, with a flat-screen television available as first prize. There was also a chance at a $10,000 prize, provided the winning duck matched pre-selected numbers held in reserve by a prize insurer.
Information about prize recipients was not immediately available.
A lack of rain left the Euharlee Creek very shallow this year, which also meant the creek flowing through Seaborn Jones Park was running with a very slow current. Add in prevailing strong winds blowing against the current, and the result was a very slow race.
When the creek is running at normal water levels, the duck race is usually over within 5 to 10 minutes. At some 15 minutes into the race, most of the ducks were languishing in mid stream or were caught on the creek's banks.
Finally, however, a stiff easterly-blowing wind gave the ducks the final needed push to get a few over the finish line.
Other festival events that continued through the afternoon include a variety of musical acts, dance routines and other public performances; vendors selling arts and crafts; and food vending by local civic organizations and visiting businesses.
The fireworks show was held around 10 p.m., as soon as the skies were dark enough to allow a good show. The fireworks at the festival are visible from anywhere near Rockmart's downtown area.