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Great Pootatuck Duck Race

  • Counting Down To Duck Race Day

    The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race Committee recently met to sort through the hundreds of rubber ducks that will make up the flock for The 15th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race.

    This year’s big event will take place Saturday, May 23, at the park in Sandy Hook Center, 5 Glen Road.

    Splashdown will be at 2:30 pm, but there are many events scheduled during the day, beginning at 10 am and continuing right up until the duck are put into the water.

  • Duck Race Tickets Are On Sale

    The Newtown Lions Club Duck Race ticket sales are underway.

    Members were out past weekend selling tickets at various establishments around town. Lions Club members will continue selling tickets around town until May 17. Tickets will also be available on Race Day — Saturday, May 23.

  • The Great Pootatuck Duck Race & Town Festival Winners Are…

    The race began with a splash.

    This year’s 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race on May 24 drew a bustling crowd. Parents and children filled the river’s banks in Sandy Hook Center, lining fences along the water near The Foundry, and across the rushing current, filled the lot behind Porco’s Karate Academy on Church Hill Road.

  • Great Pootatuck Duck Race & Town Festival This Weekend

    The 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race will take place on May 24, from 10 am until 2:30 pm, rain or shine.

  • Lions Club, SHOP Partner For Great Pootatuck Duck Race & Town Festival

    The 14th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race will be taking place this year — as it pretty much has for the past 13 years — on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend (there was that one little hiccup last year, when weather caused the event to go from a day-long festival in the park at 3 Glen Road to a quick, rainy raffle drawing).

  • Lions Announce Date, Prize List For 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race

    The 2014 Great Pootatuck Duck Race will take place on Saturday, May 24, from 10 am until 2:30 pm.

    This year’s race features a new co-operative arrangement between Newtown Lions Club and the Sandy Hook Organization for Prosperity (SHOP). Returning to the sidewalk fair presented during the first few years of the Duck Race, vendors and volunteer organizations will display their wares and share information along sidewalks within Sandy Hook Center as well as within the park area at 3 Glen Road.

  • No Spashdown This Year, But Duck Race Still Nets 20 Raffle Winners

    Lucia Rodriguez reaches in for a winning ticket with help from 13th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race Chair Bob Schmidt, right. 

  • Great Pootatuck Duck Race Chair: The Race Will Go On, Rain Or Shine

    It’s a good thing ducks like water. The Great Pootatuck Duck Race may set a record tomorrow.

    If the rain continues the way it is being predicted, the Pootatuck River in Sandy Hook Center will be moving pretty quickly on Saturday, May 25. Granted, it will be thousands of rubber ducks going for a swim at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon, but they may make the swim from the Church Hill Road bridge to the Dayton Street bridge in record time.

  • Lions Club Getting Ready For 13th Great Pootatuck Duck Race In Sandy Hook Center

    Attendees of The 12th Annual Great Pootatuck Duck Race counted down and then watched as 3,805 rubber ducks were dumped into the Pootatuck River shortly after 2 pm.