Back by popular demand for the fourth straight year is the Eden Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Rubber Duck Regatta. The Rubber Duck Regatta will be held on Saturday, August 25 at the Spray Mercantile Building on Church Street in Eden. The event begins at 11:00 a.m. with the first race at noon.

The Rubber Duck Regatta is a race of approximately 2,000 rubber ducks down the canal. “The event is to help bring attention to such a beautiful and historical area of our city. It has the historic Mercantile Building, Spray Canal, Smith River, Governor Morehead Park, Civil War Marker, Spray Cotton Mills and so much more,” said Cindy Adams, president of the Eden Chamber.

New to this year’s event is the Rubber Duck Kick-Off in conjunction with the Chamber’s regular Friday @ Five on August 24. The kick-off will also be held at the Spray Mercantile Building and features live music and refreshment.

At the regatta on Saturday, awards will be given to the top three ducks as well as a “Lame Duck” award to the one who comes in last place.

In addition to the races, the event will also include food, lemonade, homemade ice cream, live music and balloon sculptures.

The rubber ducks for the race are up for adoption and everyone is invited to adopt one. The cost is $5 per duck or five for $20. Tickets may be purchased beginning July 15 at the Chamber office at 678 S. Van Buren Road or by the calling the Chamber at 623-EDEN.

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