Some ducks in Graeagle will not be flying south for the winter. Instead they’ll be perched on the countertops of merchants’ stores for the month of October.
The Graeagle Merchants Association is hosting a month-long “duck bingo” event in celebration of the closing of the summer.
During the summer, a giant duck floatie rested on the Millpond as the summer mascot for the little town. Now that the duck is tucked away for the winter, loads of rubber ducklings have been passed out all over Graeagle and surrounding areas.
The merchants association has challenged the community to duck bingo for a chance to win a great prize, and to “get all your ducks in a row.”
More than 30 rubber ducks have been passed out, and shoppers are invited to pick up a bingo card at any participating business. Each duck has a name, like Jack the Pirate Duck, or Millie the Swimmer.
Once the participant has identified the duck by name the merchant will stamp the bingo card. A horizontal or vertical bingo gives the participant a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to any Graeagle Merchants Association business. A blackout bingo offers a chance to win a $100 gift certificate.
At the end of October there will be a drawing for the winner. Shoppers are welcome to play as many times as they want, but only one card at a time. No purchase is necessary to get a stamp from a merchant.
According to Outpost owner and Graeagle Merchants Association member Nancy Degger, duck bingo is a way to keep the momentum of a successful summer going during the slower months. She said she got the idea from the similar events hosted by Quincy merchants.
“We’re trying to keep people coming,” said Degger. “I think it’s fun; people love to win stuff. It also makes us come together as merchants.”
The drawing will be held at the Graeagle Park on Thursday, Oct. 31, at 4 p.m. Participants do not need to be present to win.
The cards will be available at the Outpost and other participating businesses. It’s rubber duck season, so happy hunting.