The Rotary duck race has been an ongoing fundraiser for the Middleville Rotary Club since about 1990. It raises about $600 to $1000 annually (depending on the weather during Heritage Days).
The money goes toward local Rotary projects, such as:
- TKHS senior scholarships
- Imagination Library in Barry County
- Kickstart to Careers in Barry County
- Middleville Food Pantry at the UMC
- Bike Helmets for Children
There are approximately 200 ducks in the race each year. The race starts at 3 pm. The ducks are put in the Thornapple River just below the dam in downtown Middleville. They float about 30 yards, then they are netted near the boat launch.
Each duck costs $5 and can be purchased before Heritage Days from any club member. They can also be purchased during Heritage Days – just look for the Rotary tent! The first duck is worth $200, second $100, and third $50. Buy a duck, support local projects and have fun!