Duck Race returns to Farmington’s Shiawassee Park

A popular Farmington-area fundraiser will return on Sunday, June 2, bringing bright yellow ducks to Shiawassee Park.

The 2019 Farmington PTA Council Duck Race starts at 3 p.m., with hundreds of numbered ducks dumped into the Rouge River branch that runs through the park. Numbers correspond to $5 tickets that are now on sale from Farmington Public Schools PTA and PTSA members, and at Sunflour Bakehaus, 33250 Grand River in downtown Farmington.

Duck Race

Ducks float to a finish line, where the finishing order determines the winners of prizes that include a $600 shopping spree at Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a Farmington Family YMCA membership, Dyson vacuum cleaner, a year of Sunflour Bakehaus bread, and more.

The event is organized by the PTA Council and the Farmington/Farmington Hills Education Foundation (FFHEF). While the race will look like those done in years past, FFHEF Director Nancy Jennings said, there is a big difference this year in who benefits from it.

”In the past, it was a community event that supported nonprofits in the community,” she said. “Now it specifically supports the PTA Council, our schools and associated projects.”

This event replaces revenues from the PTA Council’s “millionaire parties,” which state lawmakers have more heavily regulated, Jennings said.

“It’s a challenge to find fundraisers that don’t compete with each other,” she added.

Tickets will be for sale at the Duck Race booth during Art on the Grand, and ”Mama Duck” will stroll the downtown Farmington festival grounds June 1 and 2.