Bellaire’s annual Rubber Ducky Festival begins next week

Bellaire’s 31st annual Rubber Ducky Festival will begin next week and will wrap up with the race, during which 2,000 rubber ducks are dropped off the North Bridge Street bridge into the Intermediate River. The race comes to an end at Riverside Marina. (Courtesy photo)

Submitted by the West Michigan Tourist Association 

BELLAIRE — The 31st annual Rubber Ducky Festival is set to begin Monday, Aug. 13, and will continue through Sunday, Aug. 19.

This year’s event is sponsored by Bellaire Family Health Center and DTE Energy Foundation and presented by the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce.

The Rubber Ducky Festival features a week full of events including a performance from Bay Area Big Band, the community paddle event, Commission on Aging picnic and car show, Duck and Glow 5K run/walk and one-mile Kiddie Dash, corn hole tournament, kids activities and rubber ducky parade and race. The week comes to an end with the return of the Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge on Sunday.

Rubber Ducky Festival’s biggest day is Saturday, Aug. 18. Bellaire’s biggest parade of the season kicks off at 3 p.m. and is followed by the dropping of 2,000 rubber ducks into the Intermediate River at the North Bridge Street bridge for a quarter-mile race. The finish line for the race will be at Riverside Marina. Visitors can buy a race ticket that corresponds to the number on a rubber duck. Ducks finishing in the “Top 27” win a cash prize. Participants do not have to be present to win.

Saturday also features a fine arts and craft show at the Antrim County Courthouse, kids “Ducking Park” including games for all ages, bounce houses and slides, face painting and a free kid-friendly movie. Downtown Bellaire will be alive with sidewalk and library book sales.

The night will end with the second annual Community Barbecue, with music by Frank Sinatra impersonator Billy McAllister and Jukebox Saturday Night.

This year’s festival is part of Bellaire’s 12 Days of Summer Celebration, Aug. 8 to 19, which will kick off with the three-day Antrim County Fair, featuring a restaurant cook-off, dog show, family movie night and horse pulls Aug. 9 to 11.

For a full schedule of events or to be a vendor, visit the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce website at or call Bellaire Chamber of Commerce at (231) 533-6023.

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