The young and the young at heart came together on June 19 in Conyers to celebrate everyone’s favorite bathtub buddy — the rubber ducky.
Participants competed in duck decorating contests, ducky crafts and of course the 10th annual rubber ducky race. Children also had the chance to compete in relay races while the rubber ducky’s made their way down stream in the annual race.
Hundreds of ducks trickled downstream on a small stretch of water at Costley Mill Park as volunteers and Rockdale County staff members got wet and picked them up to announce the first through 14th place rubber ducks.
The event benefits senior citizens at the Rockdale County Senior Center and several of its programs such as Meals-on-Wheels, which allows volunteers to deliver a lunchtime meal to homebound seniors, and transportation vouchers, which provide non-emergency transportation.
The annual race also supports Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, a program where Rockdale County grandparents who have been given permanent or temporary custody of their grandchildren are offered services and support groups.
“We serve well over 700 residents in Rockdale County with one or more of these services. This is our primary event to raise funds to support these programs,” said Jackie Lunsford, deputy director of Rockdale County Recreation and Senior Services. “We hope to keep hosting the race so we can continue to offer these programs and hopefully serve even more seniors in our community.”