8th annual Housy River Duck Race June 25

This year some lucky duck will win $ 1,000 at St. Mary–St. Michael’s School’s eighth annual Housy River Duck Race hosted at Derby Day on Saturday, June 25.

However, don’t get your feather ruffled because along with the grand prize, 64 other prizes will go to the winners with the fastest ducks to cross the Housatonic River.

The race begins promptly at 2pm where thousands of numbered ducks will be dumped into the river at the Derby-Shelton Bridge (also called Bridge Street), which connects downtown Derby and downtown Shelton. The numbered ducks will correspond with tickets sold before and during the race.

Linda Coppola, principal at St. Mary–St. Michael School, commented on the race.

"The best thing about our annual Housy Duck Race is that it not only benefits our school, but it is a community event.” Cappola said. “Since it is part of the Derby Day celebration, it brings families together to celebrate what our little city is all about.  Come down to the Derby - Shelton Bridge and watch the little yellow ducks as they are tossed into the Housatonic River."

Coppola said proceeds from the Housy Duck Race helps to strengthen the academic programs of the school’s math, science, technology program. Also, other participating Valley nonprofit organizations will benefit from the proceeds raised from the race.

Some of the other prizes awarded to winners include a 50” LED HDTV, an Apple watch, an APPLE IPAD Mini, gift baskets and tickets to theme parks at Disney. There will also be two additional cash prizes of $500 and $250, in addition to gift cards and gift certificates available to local stores and restaurants.

Tickets are available at St. Mary-St.Michael School, Derby; St. Mary Church, Derby; St. Michael Church, Derby; Maria’s Hair Gallery, Derby; Styles/Nails by Cory, Derby; Mattei’s Deli &Catering, Derby. Tickets will also be sold on Derby Day before the race.

Along with the duck race, St. Mary-St. Michael School is selling large rubber ducks for $10 for the Duck Decorating Contest that will be judged on Derby Day. Adult and children will be judged separately on their ducks, beginning at noon.

St. Mary-St. Michael is located at 14 Seymour Avenue, Derby. For more information on the Housy River Duck Race, email Grace Torres at gtorres@stmarystmichael.org or go to www.stmarystmichaelct.eduk12net