Chamber-Main Street seeks new Miss Duck

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor


SHEBOYGAN FALLS CHAMBER-MAIN STREET is seeking a new person to take on the role of Miss Duck for the 27th edition of Ducktona Sunday, July 5 at River Park in downtown Sheboygan Falls. Ruth Paul has played the iconic Miss Duck character for the past five years. - Submitted photo SHEBOYGAN FALLS CHAMBER-MAIN STREET is seeking a new person to take on the role of Miss Duck for the 27th edition of Ducktona Sunday, July 5 at River Park in downtown Sheboygan Falls. Ruth Paul has played the iconic Miss Duck character for the past five years. - Submitted photo Since 1989, thousands of people from near and far have descended on River Park in downtown Sheboygan Falls on the first Sunday in July to enjoy a day of food, drink, music, family-oriented fun, classic cars and a rubber duck race known as Ducktona.

Many things about Ducktona have changed over the past 27 years, but one iconic figure has stood tall - Miss Duck.

Only a handful of lucky ladies have donned the Miss Duck suit over the past 26 editions of Ducktona.

When the 27th annual edition of Ducktona roars to life Sunday, July 5, the role of Miss Duck could be played by you.

Sheboygan Falls Chamber- Main Street Executive Director Shirl Breunig is currently searching for the perfect person to take on the beloved Miss Duck character for this year’s Ducktona event.


SHEBOYGAN FALLS CHAMBER-MAIN STREET is seeking a new person to take on the role of Miss Duck for the 27th edition of Ducktona Sunday, July 5 at River Park in downtown Sheboygan Falls. Jennifer Boy played the iconic Miss Duck character for two years. Boy is pictured with Ducktona duck race dump truck operator Steve Schmitt. - Submitted photo SHEBOYGAN FALLS CHAMBER-MAIN STREET is seeking a new person to take on the role of Miss Duck for the 27th edition of Ducktona Sunday, July 5 at River Park in downtown Sheboygan Falls. Jennifer Boy played the iconic Miss Duck character for two years. Boy is pictured with Ducktona duck race dump truck operator Steve Schmitt. - Submitted photo “We are looking for a new Miss Duck this year and I am hopeful that the right person will step forward to take on the role,” Breunig said. “Each one of our past Miss Ducks has done an outstanding job in forging and carrying on the tradition of Ducktona and I am looking forward to seeing who the next Miss Duck will be.”

When Ducktona launched in 1989, Dorothy Schueffner was the very first Miss Duck.

Schueffner was then succeeded by Maddie Ehlert, who played the role of Miss Duck for many years.

In more recent years, Sharon Hall and Jennifer Boy have each worn the Miss Duck suit and Ruth Paul has filled the role for the past five years.

Paul revealed the opportunity to wear the Miss Duck suit allowed her to fulfill a secret dream.

“I had been helping to sell duck tickets at Ducktona for close to 10 years,” Paul said. “Each year, I would see the volunteer who was serving as Miss Duck, don the outfit and pull the winning duck from the river.

“I secretly wanted to be that person and was unsure of the process for the selection of a new Miss Duck,” she said. “When circumstances arose for the opening of being Miss Duck, Shirl [Breunig] called to ask if my daughter or I would consider the task. That is when I revealed that I had dreamed of playing the part of Miss Duck.”

Boy, who served as Miss Duck for two years before turning over the position to Paul, said she enjoyed every minute she was in the suit.

“Playing Miss Duck is fun,” Boy said. “The people are awesome and the experience is like no other. Between the car show, the games, the food and obviously the race its self, it’s an all-around great time.

“The best part of the experience for me was the kids,” she said. “They love to shake your hand, have pictures taken, and just talk with you. Really though its the whole experience. Its a family friendly event that you get to see from another view. For the most part, its just a fun-filled day of laughter and excitement.”

Breunig said Miss Duck’s responsibilities on the day of Ducktona include selecting the winning duck, along with a wide variety of public relations and promotional activities.

“Our new Miss Duck must enjoy Ducktona, like riding in a boat and reaching into the track on the river to pull the winning ducks, love children as children often ask to have their picture taken with her, love having her picture taken with the duck race winners and car show winners and generally enjoy meeting and greeting people who attend Ducktona,” Breunig said. “Those who are interested should not hesitate to contact us.”

Paul added that she enjoyed the chance to make Miss Duck visible throughout the day of Ducktona.

“Upon taking on the role of Miss duck, I decided Miss Duck should be present throughout the whole event of Ducktona,” Paul said. “My husband and I would walk around the entire park, through the car show, the kid’s play area, and the food court selling duck tickets.

“People were, generally, surprised to see Miss Duck at these locations,” she said. “Many people wanted their picture taken with Miss Duck, young and old alike. Last year, Miss Duck even participated in the pie eating contest.”

Paul is quick to add that there is nothing quite like picking the winning duck race water out of the Sheboygan River at the conclusion of the race.

“I always thought that it was exciting sitting in the boat, riding up and down the river, waving to the people on the banks,” Paul said. “Both sides of the river were lined several people deep watching and waiting for the ducks to be dumped, then make their way down the river, some years quickly, some years slowly, with help from the motor on the boat, into the chute.

“Playing the role of Miss Duck can be as much or as little involved as you like it to be,” she said. “It is entertaining to walk around the park getting all kinds of reactions from the crowds. It is thrilling to pull the winning duck from the water. Miss Duck is iconic and the face of Ducktona, so I wish the next Miss Duck well and encourage her to have fun with the position.”

Boy agrees that playing Miss Duck provides a thrill unlike any other.

“Miss Duck brings smiles to young and old,” Boy said. “As Miss Duck, you get to laugh a lot, and best of all, pick the winning duck for Ducktona.”

Those interested in become Miss Duck for Ducktona on July 5 are asked to contact the Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street office at 467-6206 or e-mail sbreunig@sheboyganfalls.org


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