Goose, goose, duck, duck, Duck Race soon

On Sunday, May 3, 5,000 numbered rubber ducks will be dumped into the Pequabuck River as spectators watch them race to be one of the first 36 ducks to cross the finish line, earning prizes for the ticket holder with the corresponding number. Prizes range from the $1,500 grand prize to a large screen TV to gift certificates to local businesses.

A portion of Central Street is closed in Forestville and vendors line both sides of the street promoting their goods. The Block Party, which starts at 11 a.m., will include food vendors, local businesses, shopping, face painting, balloons and much more. There will be bounce houses and free children’s games with prizes. There is also a large craft show with up to 50 vendors expected. Radio station 102.9 the Whale will providing music for the block party and race mascot Waddles the Duck will be on hand. The duck race itself will begin at 2 p.m. The best part is there is no fee for admission.

The Central Connecticut Chambers of Commerce and the Forestville Village Association are happy to partner together once again to put on this event. The proceeds raised are put back into beautifying Bristol and Forestville with past projects including the Welcome to Bristol Signs, planting flowers and new Christmas Lights for the town poles.

Duck Race tickets can be purchased for $5 each. They are available at First Bristol Federal Credit Union- North Street and Stafford Avenue, TD Bank – Broad Street, City True Value Hardware – Farmington Avenue, Beacon Prescriptions – Collins Road, Physical Therapy Center of Bristol – Pine Street, Marilyn’s Pub – Broad Street, Rodd’s Restaurant – Farmington Avenue, Max’s Pizza – Stafford Avenue, Oasis Restaurant – Pine Street, 150 Central – Central Street, Central Connecticut Chamber of Commerce – 200 Main Street and many more. They may not be available race day, so be sure to get yours early.

For a full list of prizes, more information or to be a vendor, please visit our website at or call (860)584-4718.