TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta, a local fundraiser for Catholic Charities in Terre Haute, announced a change in location for the July 4 event Saturday due to high water on the Wabash River; the event will now take place in Fairbanks Park.
The National Weather Service is predicting the Wabash River will be above 17 feet high on July 4, the day scheduled to be the release of ducks for the fourth annual event.
“17.5 feet, which is one foot above the flood stage of the Wabash River at the Theodore Dreiser Memorial Bridge, puts our volunteers in danger if we continued with the race on the river,” John Etling, agency director for Catholic Charities in Terre Haute, said. “We want the Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta to be not only a fun event, but a safe event.”
In order to ensure volunteer safety, this year the 16,000 tagged yellow rubber ducks for the event will be released onto the lawn of Fairbanks Park northeast of the arch. A large dump truck provided by Misco Crane will be pouring out the ducks.
One designated duck from these 16,000 will be chosen as a winner, and the participant that picks up said duck will be paid $10,000. Additionally, this person will have a chance at winning $1,000,000.
Ducks are still available for adoption and can purchased for $5 on Sunday, July 4 from noon to 6:30 p.m. at Fairbanks Park. Event proceeds will help homeless and food insecure people in the Wabash Valley.
“The Wabash Valley Rubber Duck Regatta has become an important part of our efforts to raise funds to provide services to those who are struggling to meet their essential needs,” Etling said. “We are so thankful to our local businesses who have already stepped up to help make this a successful event.”