Great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race

By: Nick Bona
By: Nick Bona

Knoxville (WVLT) -- No need to duck, these guy's won't bite.

Nearly 40,000 rubber ducks were dropped off the South Knoxville Bridge on Saturday afternoon to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of the East Tennessee Valley.

The next hour flew by as the little guys made their way down river to the finish line at the Henley Street Bridge.

Club officials say the race is their top fundraiser.

"It goes to help us serve over 6,000 children in five counties and 17 facilities," said John D. Lee from the Boy's and Girls Clubs of the East Tennessee Valley. "It's very important to us as one of our many fundraisers, but its also a highly visible fundraiser. People associate the ducks with the Boy's and Girls Club and its a natural whenever talking about rubber ducks and children."

More than $30,000 in prizes were given out to people who adopted ducks.

The prizes included a new car, an all terrain vehicle and diamond jewelry.


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