BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) Jazz festivals, wine festivals and food festivals are a dime a dozen. But a rubber ducky festival? Now that's worth quacking about.
The village of Bellaire in Northern Michigan is holding its Rubber Ducky Festival, Aug. 6-17, including a quarter-mile race on Aug. 16 in which 2,000 yellow ducks float along the Intermediate River.
Spectators can bet $5 apiece on the ducks, which are numbered. First place winner gets $500, with cash prizes all the way down to 27th place.
Many local towns have duck races like this on their rivers to raise money for local causes, but Bellaire's race is just one part of a ducky extravaganza with concerts, children's activities, entertainment, sidewalk sales, parades and other funky competitions, from a belt sander race to "the world's second-longest coffee break."
Bellaire is also home to ski and golf resorts at Shanty Creek and Hawk's Eye. It offers skiing and snowmobiling in winter, birding and mushrooming in spring, golf and fishing in summer, and hunting and leaf-peeping in fall. The town is about a half-hour from Traverse City. Lodgings include the Lakeview Hotel & Conference Center, Stone Waters Inn, Applesauce Inn Bed & Breakfast and the All Seasons Motel.
For a full schedule of events, call the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce at 231-533-6023 or learn more about the area at www.VisitTraverseCity.com.