Rubber duck race to combat hunger, homelessness in Wabash Valley

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The 2021 Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta will be held July 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Fairbanks Park. The event, hosted by Terre Haute Catholic Charities and sponsored by Kroger, raises money for Catholic charity services.

The event will feature 15,000 rubber ducks purchased for $5 each by participants racing down the Wabash River. One race winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize with the additional chance to win $1 million.

Money raised from the regatta will be used to help combat hunger, homelessness and job insecurity within the Wabash Valley. Event organizers are encouraging all participants to wear a mask and social distance from others while at the regatta. Masks and hand sanitizer will be provided.

“Last year was an unusual year for the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta as our community was in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic,” John C. Eting, Catholic Charities’ agency director, said. “As more and more people are getting back to work, there remains a need for essential services such as food, clothing, shelter and even after-school programming provided by Catholic Charities.”

Organizers of the event say they rely on the support of the local community to keep this event going. Assistant agency director Jennifer Buell said many volunteers and donors make the event possible.

“That’s a great thing because I think everybody recognizes that their $5 duck can do so much in our community,” Buell said. “Check out the duck regatta. Watch the ducks as they race down the Wabash River.”

For more information about the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta, visit the website at If the event cannot be held in person, a race winner will randomly be selected on July 4.

“It is so fun to see them all and then stay,” Buell said. “You know, bring your blankets and watch the fireworks that evening. It’s a good time.”

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