Hundreds of rubber ducks make a splash at Bridgeport Park

By Austin Westfall

Last update: Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Crowds cheered and gazed as hundreds of rubber duckies rushed through a racecourse at the 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival held at Bridgeport Park Saturday.

At least 200 people turned out to the event, which benefited Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Boyscout Emory Hinze, 11, of troop 609-Nehwall scoops up the finishers of the first race at the 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Boyscout Emory Hinze, 11, of troop 609-Nehwall scoops up the finishers of the first race at the 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“The object is to raise funds to subsidize patient visits at one of our three clinics,” said Edward Bolden, Vice President of Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers.

“It’s everything to me, I think it’s a service that is very necessary in this community.”

The festival featured three preliminary races, each consisting of around 800 rubber duckies, an event official said.

The top 12-15 finishers from those preliminary races advanced to the final race.

The winner of the final race won $2,500.

 

Each rubber ducky was sold for $5 a piece, some attendess bought multiple ducks to increase their odds of winning.

“We did adopt a couple of ducks so fingers crossed we win,” said Valencia resident Tania Ibrahim, who attended the event with her husband Asad, son Zaki, 5, and daughter Nena, 3.

Maxwell DelVecchio, 2, picks out a duck in the holding pond before the first race at 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Maxwell DelVecchio, 2, picks out a duck in the holding pond before the first race at 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“I just love the fact that Valencia has these types of things for the family, it’s so family-centric so I dont need to go all the way to L.A. to do something fun,” she said.

Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers provide immunizations and vaccines, physicals, screening and diagnostic tests, well baby care, preventative programs, family planning, women’s health services, prenatal services, treatment of illness and injury, and more according to the centers’ website.

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Hundreds of rubber ducks make a splash at Bridgeport Park

Children watch as the ducks are released during the second race of the 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

Crowds cheered and gazed as hundreds of rubber duckies rushed through a racecourse at the 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival held at Bridgeport Park Saturday.

At least 200 people turned out to the event, which benefited Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Boyscout Emory Hinze, 11, of troop 609-Nehwall scoops up the finishers of the first race at the 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Boyscout Emory Hinze, 11, of troop 609-Nehwall scoops up the finishers of the first race at the 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“The object is to raise funds to subsidize patient visits at one of our three clinics,” said Edward Bolden, Vice President of Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers.

“It’s everything to me, I think it’s a service that is very necessary in this community.”

The festival featured three preliminary races, each consisting of around 800 rubber duckies, an event official said.

The top 12-15 finishers from those preliminary races advanced to the final race.

The winner of the final race won $2,500.

 

Each rubber ducky was sold for $5 a piece, some attendess bought multiple ducks to increase their odds of winning.

“We did adopt a couple of ducks so fingers crossed we win,” said Valencia resident Tania Ibrahim, who attended the event with her husband Asad, son Zaki, 5, and daughter Nena, 3.

Maxwell DelVecchio, 2, picks out a duck in the holding pond before the first race at 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal
Maxwell DelVecchio, 2, picks out a duck in the holding pond before the first race at 14th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival to benefit the Samuel Dixon Family Health Center held at Bridgeport Park in Valencia on Saturday. Dan Watson/The Signal

“I just love the fact that Valencia has these types of things for the family, it’s so family-centric so I dont need to go all the way to L.A. to do something fun,” she said.

Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers provide immunizations and vaccines, physicals, screening and diagnostic tests, well baby care, preventative programs, family planning, women’s health services, prenatal services, treatment of illness and injury, and more according to the centers’ website.

Austin Westfall

Austin Westfall