Meriden Lions club duck race celebrates 25 years with new offerings

Meriden Lions club duck race celebrates 25 years with new offerings

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MERIDEN — Thousands of yellow ducks will make a splash Sunday during the Meriden Lions Club’s 25th anniversary Duck Race fundraiser at the Meriden Green.

Jim Moran, chairman of the club’s Duck Race Committee, said he hoped the event would surpass last year’s crowds.  

“I would like to fill the park,” Moran said. “The weather is going to be great.”  

In addition to the duck race, the Lions are adding an open mic for children and teens, a car show, craft vendors, business exhibits, community groups, and food, according to a press release.  

A tag sale of household items starts at 10 a.m. The open mic begins at 1 p.m. 

Open mic

Larry Pelletier, executive director of Beat the Street Community Center, saw the event as an excellent forum for an open mic. Beat the Street has hosted similar events at its South Colony Street center recently. 

 “We wanted to give kids an opportunity to show their talent,” Pelletier said. “It was a good venue, open to the public, with a diverse population.” 

Pelletier brought the idea before the Duck Race Committee which gave the green light to add the event. Beat the Street also works with Meriden Children’s First Initiative and the Meriden YMCA on events that promote youth and the community, he said. 

The open mic is also likely to attract more families who will attend to see their youngster perform, Pelletier said.

Jenny Boom Boom of Hot 93.7 FM will emcee the open mic. Youths aged 7 to 21 are invited to participate. Young people are invited to sing, dance, recite poetry, play a musical instrument or talent of choice.

Performers are asked to contact Pelletier at (203) 313-2136 to be screened for song duplicates, appropriateness and to get added to the roster.  

The money raised by each of the $5 ducks is put back into the community through projects and donations to other charitable organizations. In a typical year, the club raises between $60,000 and $80,000, which is given back to the community through building projects, donations to charitable groups and a half-dozen scholarships for local students. 

The event has moved from City Park, to Red Bridge to the Green, which has the best access. 

“Everything looks like it’s falling into place,” Moran said.

The overall event runs until 4 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at Moran TV, 664 W. Main St., Tom's Diner, 55 Main St., Haberli Electric, 125 Research Parkway, Safe Auto Service, 281 E. Main St.
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