Freestore Foodbank celebrates opening of duck season

Freestore Foodbank celebrates opening of duck season as part of 23rd Annual Rubber Duck Regatta. (Freestore Foodbank)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) – It’s time to get your ducks in a row! Duck Season is now open for the Freestore Foodbank’s 23rd Annual Rubber Duck Regatta. The event, presented by Dawn, takes place on Sunday, September 3 prior to the Western & Southern/WEBN Fireworks. That afternoon, as many as 200,000 ducks will swim in the Ohio River near the Serpentine Wall. The first prize winner will receive a 2017 Honda HR-V, courtesy Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Honda Dealers and possibly $1 million if their duck is the “KEMBA Million Dollar Duck.” The second prize winner will receive $100 from Kroger every week for a year ($5,200 total), and five additional winners will receive $500 cash from KEMBA Credit Union.

“Over 94,000 children in the Tri-State area are at risk of hunger,” said Rubber Duck Regatta Chairman Mark Bodnar. “The Rubber Duck Regatta has grown to become the Freestore Foodbank’s largest fundraising event as it works to provide food and services to children and families in our local communities.”

Ducks are currently available for purchase online at They will also be available by phone at (513) 929-DUCK (3825) beginning Monday, July 24, at the check-out of local Kroger stores beginning Wednesday, July 26 and at all local KEMBA Credit Union locations beginning on Monday, July 24. Ducks will be sold until approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 3.

Pricing for ducks is:

  • $5 – One duck
  • $25 – “Big Quack” - Five ducks, plus one free
  • $50 – “Bob’s Quack Pack” - Ten ducks, plus two free
  • $100 – “Flock of Ducks” - Twenty ducks, plus four free

Last year’s Rubber Duck Regatta netted more than $1 million, the equivalent of three million meals for hungry children in the Tri-State area. Since its inception in 1995, the fundraiser has allowed the Freestore Foodbank to distribute more than 30 million meals.

Information courtesy Freestore Foodbank