Thousands of yellow rubber ducks will bob their way to the finish line during the DuPont Rubber Duck Regatta benefitting the La Porte Education Foundation on Saturday, Nov. 6, at Sylvan Beach.
The family festival with booths, food and entertainment will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the actual race starting at 3 p.m.
More than 10,000 rubber ducks will be released into a contained area of Galveston Bay, with the ducks competing for a long list of prizes sponsored by local businesses and industries.
Top prize in the event is $5,000 and a chance to win a new Mustang. First prize is a five-night cruise for two, second prize is $1,000, and third prize is a 42-inch HD TV. Additional prizes are two iPads, a gas grill, an X-Box 360, a deep-sea fishing trip for four, an electronic book reader, an iPod, and more. Door prizes will also be awarded throughout the day.
DuPont is the "Top Duck" title sponsor for the event, with Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union the "Super Duck" sponsor.
"Mighty Duck" sponsors include Beacon Federal Credit Union, Kuraray, Noltex L.L.C., Kaneka Texas Corporation, Air Products, Baker Hughes, A.C. Collins Ford, Kohl's, LyondellBasell, The Lubrizol Corporation, Braskem, Coupland Signs, JSC Federal Credit Union, Albemarle Corporation, Bayshore Financial Advisors, Dianal America Inc., Ineos Oligomers, Crawley's Shoreline Construction, Inc., La Porte Fire Department and Garner Environmental Services.
Community members have demonstrated their support for education in La Porte by "adopting" racer ducks at $5 each. A limited number of ducks will be available for sale at the La Porte Education Foundation booth at the festival; all duck sales will end at 1 p.m.
Proceeds will go to the La Porte Education Foundation to fund innovative, creative instructional projects for students and teachers in La Porte ISD. Since 1993, the Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million in grants to LPISD teachers, with approximately $70,000 in grants presented to LPISD teachers during the Foundation's Dollar Patrol on Nov. 4.
For more information, visit the Foundation website at www.laporteeducationfoundation.org or call the LPISD Communications Office at 281-604-7001.