HENRY COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Get your rubber duckies ready because the annual Blue Ridge Duck Race is returning to Henry County next month!
On Aug. 20, Boys and Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge (BGCBR) says it will be hosting the eighth annual duck race at Smith River Fest.
According to organizers, BGCBR enrolls 150 students in summer camp and almost 300 students during the school year at various sites in Martinsville City Public Schools and Henry County Public Schools. The funds raised from the Blue Ridge Duck Race actually go toward program access, lower membership costs, and academic experiences for these students.
“Every school should have a club due to the safety net it provides to the well-being of a child,” Jeremy Hoff, CEO of Hooker Furnishings and board president of the BGCBR, said. “A school with the support of a club has a much better chance of helping their students reach their potential.”
This year, the duck adoption goal has increased to 15,000 ducks, which is 5,000 ducks more than last year. BGCBR says a single duck can be adopted for $5, a “Quack Pack” of six ducks for $25, or a “Flock” of 25 ducks for $100.
To adopt a duck online, you can visit the official website of the duck race.
The race is sponsored by Hooker Furnishings, The Lester Group, Bassett Furniture, Blue Ridge Aquaculture, Eastman, New College Institute, Anthem HealthKeepers Plus, and Planet Fitness.