Article courtesy of PennLive.com
Written by Sue Gleiter
Ducks have arrived in Harrisburg.
A “Discover the Ducks Downtown” beautification exhibit with 15 oversized fiberglass rubber ducks painted by local artists is now on display throughout the city.
The 40-inch tall ducks are part of a partnership between the DID and Sprocket Mural Works, a group coordinating the artists. The exhibit is similar to last summer’s Dino Mite Summer when nearly two dozen decorated dinosaurs were on display throughout the city.
To kick off the duck exhibit, an event will be held June 21 on Walnut Street. Kamionka Entertainment Group will host a duck race at noon on Walnut Street with proceeds benefitting the Harrisburg Fire Department.
Walnut Street will be lined with a “slip n slide” type of material and filled with water from fire hydrants courtesy of Capital Region Water.
Ducks can be purchased for $1 from the Downtown Improvement District at 22 N. Second St., The Pita Pit at 100 N. Second St., Sandwich Man at 111 N. Second St., Park Harrisburg managed by SP+ at 223 Walnut Street, Amma Jo in Strawberry Square and at Sawyer’s at 210 N. Second St.
The first duck to cross the finish line will win $1,000. Proceeds from the duck sales will benefit the Harrisburg Fire Department.
As part of the event a team of four Harrisburg police officers will face off against four Harrisburg firemen in a relay-style race on duck rafts.
The winning team will receive free coffee and doughnuts for one month for their entire department at Anna Rose Bakery & Coffee Shop in Harrisburg.