Get your “Duck On” this August during Bellaire’s annual Rubber Ducky Festival

“DUCK” into BELLAIRE…let the “QUACKIN” begin. The Bellaire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 32nd  ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKY FESTIVAL in Downtown Bellaire on August 12 – 18, with Race Day on August 17th. Sponsored by Bellaire Family Health Center and Fischer Insurance.

The Rubber Ducky festival kicks off on Monday, August 12 and runs through Sunday August 18. Featuring a weeklong of events including Bay Area Big Band, Community Paddle Event,Commission on Aging Picnic, Duck and Glow 5k Run/Walk and 1 Mile Kiddie Dash, Grass River’s “Riverfest & Auction,” Dominic Fortuna Live,  Corn Hole Tournament, Kids Activities, Rubber Ducky Parade and Race, and “Woodstock 2” Live Music. Finish the week with the return of the Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge XC on Sunday.

Rubber Ducky Festival’s biggest day is on Saturday August 17, featuring a quarter-mile race when 2000 yellow ducks are dumped into the Intermediate River, after Bellaire’s largest parade of the year, with the finish line at RIVERSIDE MARINA.  Visitors can buy a $5 race ticket that corresponds to the number on a Rubber Duck. Ducks finishing the “Top 27” win a cash prize.  Prizes:  1st– $500; 2nd -$300; 3rd – $100; 4th-7th place – $50; 8th-27th place – $10.  Participants do not have to be present to win.

Saturday also features a Fine Arts & Craft Show with over 50+ vendors, Kid’s “Ducking Park” including games for all ages, bounce houses & slides, face painting, and a FREE kid’s movie.  Smokey the Bear will be visiting. Downtown Bellaire will be alive with sidewalk and library book sales. Bellaire’s biggest parade of the season kicks off at 3:00 followed by the dropping of 2,000 ducks at the North Bridge Street Bridge.  Finish the day with a Chicken BBQ, Live Music and a movie in the park.

 This year’s festival is part of Bellaire’s 12 Days of Summer Celebration, August 7 – August 18, kicking off with the 3-day Antrim County Fair, featuring a restaurant cook-off, dog show, family movie night and horse pulls on August 8-11.

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

2019 Event list:
Sun., August 11
12 – 3pm   Bellaire Area Historical Museum Open (FREE)
Mon., August 12 
6pm  Bay Area Big Band @ ASI Community Center, Music at the Gazebo (Donation)
Tues., August 13 
11am – 3pm   Bellaire Area Historical Museum Open (FREE)
6:30pm Euchre at Bellaire Senior Center    
Wed., August 14
7pm  Bellaire Community Paddle @ Richardi Park
Grab your paddleboard, kayak or paddle craft of choice and join Paddle Antrim for an amazing evening paddle on the Intermediate River as a lead up to Bellaire’s Rubber Ducky Festival & Race. This hour long slow paddle will begin at Bellaire’s Intermediate River at 7:00 pm to check in and we will launch promptly as a group at 7:15 pm. Paddle Antrim encourage all ages and types of paddle crafts to join us on the water for these slow paddles. These paddles last approximately one hour on the water, are free, and no pre-registration is required. All paddlers must bring their own craft/boat, paddle, and pfd (life jacket). As with all Paddle Antrim events, pfds must be properly worn at all times. All ages are welcome but children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult out on the water. (FREE)
11am – 3pm  Bellaire Area Historical Museum Open (FREE)
Thurs., August 15
10am – 5pm   Bellaire Merchants Sidewalk Sales
10am – 4pm   Bellaire Public Library Book Sale
10am – 2pm   C.O.A. Community Appreciation Picnic – at Bellaire Senior Center ($) 
Live Music, BINGO, Burgers, Hot Dogs, Coleslaw, Chips, Drinks, Dessert.
10am – 2pm    C.O.A. Car Show – 4Front Credit Union ATM Lot (FREE)
5pm  Grass Riverfest & Auction @ Shanty Creek Resort,  Summit Village.
Fri., August 16
10am – 5pm  Bellaire Merchants Sidewalk Sales
10am – 4pm  Bellaire Public Library Book Sale
1pm – 3pm    Bellaire Area Historical Museum Open (FREE)
7pm   Corn Hole Tournament @ Broad St.
Supporting Community In Action Organization. Pre-registration requested but not required. Single elimination tournament, with a cash prize for 1st, and other prizes for 2nd & 3rd. $40 per team
7pm – 9pm  Music Downtown -“Dominic Fortuna”
8:30pm  Duck & Glow 5k Run – Starts Downtown Bellaire @ Broad Street near the health department Supports BHS Cross Country. ($)
Sat., August 17 – Race Day!
10am – 3pm   Kids’ Duckling Park – Games & Fun!
Presented by BHS Student Council, Bellaire Fire Department, Boy Scouts and  Great Lakes Jump Bounce Houses ($)
10am – 4pm  Fine Arts and Craft Show @ Courthouse (FREE)
11am – 5pm  Merchant Sidewalk Sales
11am   Kids Movie Matinee @ Bellaire Theatre. Movies TBA. (FREE)
3pm   Grand Parade & Rubber Ducky Race – Ducks drops @ North Bridge following Parade & finishes at Riverside Marina. (FREE)
4pm – 6pm   Annual Community BBQ with Antrim Community Church @ Richardi Park
Dinner served right after Duckie Drop. Come join us for a relaxing time with the family in the park. BBQ Chicken, Hot dogs & fix ‘ins. (Donation)
5pm – 6pm  Woodstock 2 @ the Library with Peter & Leslie
Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Woodstock. Presented by the Friends of the Library.  (Donations)
Dusk    PTO Movie in the Park- “Coco” @ Richardi Park – FREE. Bring a Chair.
Sun., August 18
All Day   Short’s Glacial Hills Challenge XC @ Glacial Hills
Additional information contact Fun Promotions LLC – 616-453-4245 or Paddles & Pedals – 231-533-4449 ($)