Countdown to Ducktona 2015 is on

by Jeff Pederson Sheboygan Falls News Editor


SHEBOYGAN FALLS CHAMBER-MAIN STREET will hold its 27th annual Ducktona 500 Family Festival and Classic Car Show Sunday, July 5, at River Park in Sheboygan Falls from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson SHEBOYGAN FALLS CHAMBER-MAIN STREET will hold its 27th annual Ducktona 500 Family Festival and Classic Car Show Sunday, July 5, at River Park in Sheboygan Falls from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson With its biggest event of the year just a few days away, preparations are in full gear for Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street members and volunteers as they get set to present the 27th annual Ducktona 500 Family Festival and Classic Car Show Sunday, July 5, at River Park in Sheboygan Falls.

Along with familiar events and actives, such as the duck race, antique car show, petting zoo, pony rides, vendor fair, kid’s Big Wheel race, dunk tank, music, food and family fun, several new twists and turns are on tap for this year’s Ducktona.

This year’s event, which will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature new activities for kids, a revamped dunk tank and an antique boat show, which has been added to the Classic Car Show.


THE ANNUAL DUCK RACE will again serve as the highlight of the Sheboygan Falls Chamber- Main Street Ducktona event Sunday, July 5, at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. The popular race will begin at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Sheboygan River. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson THE ANNUAL DUCK RACE will again serve as the highlight of the Sheboygan Falls Chamber- Main Street Ducktona event Sunday, July 5, at River Park in Sheboygan Falls. The popular race will begin at 3 p.m. on the banks of the Sheboygan River. - Falls News file photo by Jeff Pederson Kennedy Ford will serve as the main sponsor of the car and boat show.

Car show registration for $8 per vehicle will take place from 7 a.m. to noon. Advance car show registration is available for $7 per vehicle through Friday, July 3.

“Mike Kennedy, coordinator of the car show, is expanding the classic car show to include antique boats,” Chamber Main-Street Executive Director Shirl Breunig said. “Sheboygan Falls was once home to several boat makers and we know there are several collectors in this area.”

Lizzy Widder, the 2015 Sheboygan County Fairest of the Fair, will be handing out car show awards at 4 p.m.

The newly revamped Dunk Tank Challenge will run from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This year’s event will feature six community-based groups and organizations vying for dunk tank donations, during their particular time slot.

The group that raises the most money will receive an additional $100 and a trophy.

“The Dunk Tank Challenge came about as our way of giving back to the community to support the great non-profits that serve this community in so many different ways,” Breunig said. “They have a chance to raise money for their organization to support the good work they do in a very public setting.”

The dunk tank schedule is listed as follows.

11:30 a.m. - Andrew Vigilietti of the Sharon S. Richardson Community

Hospice

Noon - Sasha Wilson for Falls Community Church.

12:30 p.m. - Sheboygan Falls School Board President John Mauer for the Sheboygan Falls School District.

1 p.m. - Sheboygan Falls Firefighter Bruce “Buddie” Wright for Pink Heals of Sheboygan County.

1:30 p.m. - St. Paul Lutheran Church Pastor Tom Gudmundson for Feed My Starving Children

2 p.m. - St. Luke Lutheran Church Pastor Elizabeth Jaeger, for St. Luke’s Lutheran Church

2:30 p.m. - First Reformed Church Minister Michelle Gross, for the First Reformed Church youth ministry program.

Kiddie Big Wheel Races, which are open to children between the ages of 3 to 6, begin with registration at 11 a.m., followed by the races at noon on the basketball courts. Prizes will be awarded for all participants and bikes will be provided.

The kids activity area has expanded to include a new free kid zone, sponsored by Pentecostals of Sheboygan County, featuring 10 Bounce Bringers bounce houses.

“We are excited to partner with Pentecostals of Sheboygan County and Bounce Bringers to bring the new Free Kid Zone to Ducktona,” Breunig said. “This will be an enclosed area for kids to enjoy 10 bounce houses in a safe environment.”

Other kids events include:

Playland sponsored by Wisconsin Bank & Trust, Curt G. Joa and Poly Vinyl.

Pony Rides and Petting Zoo sponsored by Bulitz Carriage Rides.

Casady’s Critters monkey pictures.

All That Glitter temporary glitter tattoos.

Basketball Shootout sponsored by First Reformed Church, after the Big Wheel races on the basketball court.

The corporate sponsor for the Duck Race is Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly.

Once again this year, those purchasing tickets for the top-four finishing ducks will be awarded cash prizes. The first-place finisher will receive $1,000, the second-place finisher will be rewarded with $500, third place earns $250 and fourth place takes home $100.

Duck race tickets are now on sale for $5 per ticket or six for $20.

Advance duck race tickets can be purchased at Sheboygan Falls Chamber-Main Street Office, Kennedy Ford, Blattner’s Piggly Wiggly, Depke Shoe, Franklin House, Kettle Lakes Coop, M.T. Wooden Washtub, Q Mart, Rick’s House of Flowers, Falls Ace Hardware, Meadowland Credit Union and the Sheboygan Falls YMCA.

Addie the Cow will make an appearance from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The St. Paul Lutheran Church Men’s Group will hold a pancake breakfast from 7-12:30 p.m. in a tent north of the large shelter. Proceeds will go to Feed My Starving Children.

The Balloon Lady will make an appearance from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., c

The street team from the Wisconsin State Fair will be handing out free State Fair tickets between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Music will be provided by DJ, Dr. Rock all day at the Car Show and Enigma will offer musical entertainment in the food court from 1-5 p.m.

The food court features the following vendors.

Chamber-Main Street - brats and burgers, soda and water.

Day Dream Café - pulled pork sandwich, iced coffee drinks.

Point Drive-In – custard.

The Kernel & Old Maid - kettle corn.

The Pita Hut - gyros, chicken on pita, shish-ke-bobs, baklava.

Sheboygan Falls Lions - chicken and ham sandwiches.

Pentecostals of Sheboygan County - sno kones, large pickles and nachos.

Sheboygan Falls Basketball Club - roasted corn, corn dogs, cheese nuggets and mozzarella sticks.

The beer garden and vendor fair will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Vendor fair participants include: Cutco, knives, Ourtown Orioles 4-H Club (Alex’s Lemonade Stand), Kohler Credit Union, (ATM machine), Pampered Chef (kitchen tools), Gannett Papers (newspaper subscriptions), Pink Heals (raising funds to assist men, women and children battling cancer, funds raised through sales of merchandise and donations), Whimsical Wizard Inc. (children’s books and educational activities), Alice’s Jewelry Creations (wire wrapped stones and jewelry), Style Dots Jewelry (variety of jewelry) and Origami Owl (variety of jewelry ).

Car Show vendors include: Chamber-Main Street food booth (9 a.m.-5 p.m. brats and burgers, soda, water, beer, malt beverage), Donuts for Dollars (mini donuts), Sharky’s (car accessories) and Sweet Memories (ice cream).

Ducktona t-shirts will be for sale at the Chamber-Main Street office before event or at the ticket stand at the large shelter in the car show area and at the Chamber- Main Street tent near the food court

Adult t-shirts are $13 and youth t-shirts are $9.

“This fantastic, family-friendly event is made possible through the sponsorships of so many of the businesses in and surrounding Sheboygan Falls, as well as the many volunteers who help us out.” Breunig said. “We cannot say thank you enough for your contributions, time and effort.”

For more information, contact Shirl Breunig at 467-6206.


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