(Seguin) – Across the globe on Saturday, it will be all about the royal wedding. But here in Seguin, it will be all about the royal duck race.
The Navarro Education Foundation is gearing up for its annual rubber duck race, the featured event, for its annual Duck Fest.
NEF President Katie Clark says while Prince Harry and Meghan have secured the Kensington Palace for their nuptials, Seguin will have its own royal party along the banks of Walnut Springs Park.
"This year, the special note is it is the same day as Prince Harry and Meghan's wedding and so we have a royal theme and our shirts have royal ducks on them so we are going to be celebrating that down there at Duck Fest," said Clark.
Clark says for several years, the foundation has hosted the Duck Fest celebration and the race across the finish line for thousands of yellow rubber ducks that are dumped into the waters of Walnut Springs Creek.
"The ducks are adopted and then they are numbered and the top finishing ducks in the race win a prize for their adopted parents. The top prize this year is a
one day fishing trip in Seadrift for four people and one night at Coastal Bend Motel. There's also a gift certificate for Gruene River Hotel and Retreat and for reservation on the Guadalupe. So there's some great prizes to win. The last chance to adopt ducks is at the race where we will have extra ducks ready to float for those who want to come down and adopt ducks," said Clark.
Clark says the Navarro ISD invites all families to come out and participate in a number of fundraising activities -- activities that will help raise money for educational grants across the district.
"It starts at 11 o'clock with games and food and free prizes. At 11:30 a.m. is our Navarro High School tug-a-war competition. The Navarro Jazz Band will be there playing and the rubber duck race begins at 12:30 p.m. So the last chance to adopt ducks is up to noon Saturday," said Clark.
Clark says students have already started fundraising at their respective campuses by participating in various challenges and contests. She says the NEF tonight will also be providing an opportunity for folks to adopt their ducks and help secure some money for their child's individual campus.
"The warm-up party is kind of a last chance to get together as a board and ask families to come down and get ready for Duck Fest. It's at the Grain Bin from 5 to 7 p.m. and there's always our duck mascot. Our duck mascot will show up for the kids. We will have the t-shirts that we have left ready to purchase and you can also adopt ducks down there. Tonight will be the last chance for those ducks to go towards the Principal's Challenge so the different campuses are competing for a top of a $3,000 grant for the school and the second place campus will get a $1,500 grant so those principals really like the kids to specify which campus they want those ducks to go to and that will be a last chance on the principal's challenge tonight," said Clark.
Duck Fest begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Walnut Springs Park located in downtown Seguin. The ceremonial duck drop and race will follow at 12:30 p.m.
T-shirts are $15 each and will be available tonight at the Grain Bin. Any remaining shirts will be sold on Saturday.
Adoption of ducks are available by clicking on the Foundation tab available on the school district's website at www.nisd.us. Forms are also available at local schools. The event on Saturday is free.