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Bigger & Better: Southwest Kia Rockwall Rubber Duck Regatta returns to The Harbor Sept. 14-15

(ROCKWALL, TX — August 8, 2018) It’s time again for one of Dallas/Fort Worth’s favorite family festivals – The Southwest Kia Rockwall Rubber Duck Regatta. Thousands of folks from across the Metroplex will flock to The Harbor Friday and Saturday, September 14 and 15, for two days of family-friendly entertainment on the eastern shore of Lake Ray Hubbard.

The 2018 Rubber Duck Regatta partners with Day for Kids, which celebrates the life-changing work taking place at Boys & Girls Clubs each day by encouraging adults to spend meaningful time with young people and engage in fun and active play.

“This year’s Southwest Kia Duck Regatta promises to bigger and better than ever before,” said Jenny Krueger, Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Northeast Texas. “This means that we get to do even more great things for our youth at the Rockwall Boys & Girls Club, providing them with the tools the need to achieve great futures.”

Among the new and improved attractions is the Friday Night Kickoff sponsored by Lake Pointe Sports. This includes a performance by the Mavs Maniaacs and an appearance by Rowdy, the Dallas Cowboys Mascot – both provided by the Rockwall County Sheriff’s Association; and appearances by Rockwall ISD athletes.

An all new “Movie at the Lake” screening of the classic film The Little Giants, sponsored by The Sports Medicine Center at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, will be front and center on The Harbor Stage.

Friday evening will culminate with a MiniGlo Duck Race at the fountain.

On Saturday, new to the Rockwall Rubber Duck Regatta, opportunities for lake activities are sure to be a highlight of the event. There will be water safety demonstrations and patrol boat rides by the Game Warden, remote control sailing demonstrations, sailboat tours by Rush Creek Yacht Club, and a VID (Very Important Duckies) Sail on Lake Ray Hubbard for all of the event’s VID sponsors!

The Duck Race, the cornerstone tradition of the event, will take place at the fountain, with the 1st place prize of the Day Race being a trip to Disney World!

Back by popular demand is the Baylor Scott & White Lake Pointe Shake Your Tail Feathers 5K & Fun Run, beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday.

The 2018 Duck Regatta will also take the festival to new heights with a new and improved Kid Zone featuring video game trucks, an inflatable obstacle course, petting zoo, rock climbing, and more!

Patrons will be captivated by the new Carnival Zone featuring fun and FREE activities for all ages; the Market,  featuring a boutique shopping experience, the Duck Truck Yard, featuring delectable grub from food trucks; the Rockwall Art League Duck Beauty Pageant, and the Smith & Lee Lazy Lagoon Lounge – a nice place to cool off from the hot sun!

Want to stay close to the QUACKtion? Stay at the Duck Regatta’s preferred hotel, the Hilton Dallas/Rockwall Lakefrontand use code DUC when booking! Click here to take advantage of the block of discounted rooms.

“The Southwest Kia Rubber Duck Regatta brings out all of the best things about living in Rockwall – great sports programs, fantastic food, incredible local businesses that engage families in active and healthy lifestyles, elected officials who are actively involved in their communities – and, our personal favorite – the amazing generosity and support that the people of Rockwall have for local non-profits like the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northeast Texas,” said
Kara McLeroy, Director of Development.


Friday, September 14th

6:00PM – Rockwall Rubber Duck Regatta opens. Enjoy shopping and a Meet & Greet with Rowdy, the Dallas Cowboys mascot

7:00PM – WELCOME by City Officials & Lake Pointe Sports. Performance by Dallas ManiAAcs at 7:10PM.

7:30PM – Thank you by Southwest Kia

7:40PM- Movie on the Lake – The Little Giants

9:30PM (immediately following the movie)- GloRace

Saturday, September 15th

7:00AM – CHECK IN OPENS for Shake Your Tail Feathers 5K

8:30AM – START of Shake Your Tail Feathers 5K

8:40AM – START of Shake Your Tail Feathers FUN RUN

10:00AM – Event Opens

  • 10-12PM: Water Safety Demonstration & Patrol Rides
  • 12:00PM: Judging Begins for Duck Beauty Pageant
  • TBA: Remote Control Sailboat Regatta
  • All Day: KidZone
  • All Day: Duck Truck Yard
  • All Day: Market
  • All Day: Carnival Games
  • All Day: KidZone

4:00PM – Day Race

4:30PM (immediately following Day Duck Race)- AfterDawn performs on Texan Theater Stage

6:00PM – Rockwall Rubber Duck Regatta closes for season


Marketing Sponsor: City of Rockwall
Event Title Sponsor: Southwest Kia Rockwall
Stage Sponsor: Texan Theater
GloRace Sponsor: Lake Pointe Sports
Movie on the Lake Sponsor: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Rockwall, Sports Medicine
Lazy Lagoon Lounge Sponsor: Smith & Lee, Lawyers
Programming Sponsor: Rockwall County Sheriff’s Association
5K Sponsor: Baylor Scott & White – Lake Pointe

For more information or to adopt a duck, visit www.rockwallduckrace.org

Submitted press release for publication in Blue Ribbon News. 

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