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28th Annual Rubber Ducky Festival


August 12 - 15, 2015

“DUCK” into BELLAIRE…let the “QUACKIN” begin..The Bellaire Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 28th ANNUAL RUBBER DUCKY FESTIVAL

This year’s festival is part of Bellaire’s 12 Days of Summer Celebration August 6 – August 15, 2015 with the highlight of the festivities being the Rubber Ducky Festival – including a quarter-mile race on August 15th – when 2000 yellow ducks are dumped into the Intermediate River with the Ducks stopping at RIVERSIDE MARINA, the finish line! 

Join us for Music Downtown, Children’s Activities, Sidewalk Sales, Large Inflatables, Movies, Parades, Arts & Crafts and much more!!!

Spectators buy a number for $5 that corresponds to the number on a Rubber Duck…If your duck finishes in the top 27 places here is what you win..Prizes:  1st  $500; 2nd  $300; 3rd $100; 4th-7th place $50; 8th-27th place $10.  Do not have to be present to win. 

See below for a full schedule of events or call Bellaire Chamber of Commerce at 231-533-6023.


Photo by Kaye LaFond


1st Place...Pat Drake  $500.
2nd Place...Kathy Pfander  $300.
3rd Place...Sebastian Daniels  $100.
4th Place...Robert Griffth  $50.
5th Place..Potere  $50.
6th Place...Marilyn Kolar  $50.
7th Place...Judy Libby  $50.
8th Place...Renee Killian  $10.
9th Place...Paula Engel $10.
10th Place...John Martin  $10.
11th Place...Cindy Haps   $10.
12th Place...Cathy Dingeman   $10.
13th Place...Donna Grill  $10.
14th Place...Diana Grill  $10.
15th Place...Ralph Saldana $10.
16th Place...Patrick Heitman  $10.
17th Place...Terry Hanson  $10.
18th Place...Amanda $10.
19th Place...Sam Tadian  $10.
20th Place...Sandy Khoury  $10.
21st Place...Judy Thoma  $10.
22nd Place...Kim Mueller  $10.
23rd Place...Linda Cran  $10.
24th Place...Michelle Mortin  $10.
25th  Place...Jack Busch $10.
26th Place..Tammy Walsh  $10.
27th Place...Robin Urbanek  $10.

August 15 Schedule of Events


(subject to change)

10 - 5  |  Sidewalk Sales - Merchants

10 - 4  |  Duckling Park @ Broad Street

10 - 4  | Bouncers @ Broad Street

10 - 4  |  Fine Arts & Crafts Show @ Courthouse

11 am  |  Free Movie Matinee @ Bellaire Theater (Limited Seating)

3 pm  |  Rubber Ducky Parade

3:45 pm |  Rubber Ducky Race (Approx.)

4 pm  |  Ducks finish Race @ Riverside Marine “The Duck Stops Here”


12 Days of Summer Celebration

2015 Schedule of Events (subject to change)

Thursday, August 6
8 am - 9 pm | Antrim County FairSenior Citizens Day.  Horse Show.  Poultry Judging. Bingo. Cake walk. Still Exhibits Judging. Open Mic, Karaoke.

Friday, August 7
8 am - 9 pm | Antrim County FairVeterans Day. Livestock Judging. Rabbits Judging. Live Demonstrations. Bingo. Youth Tractor Pull. Mancelona Fire Dept Jaws of Life Demonstration. Best Dressed Fair Animal. Michigan State Police Roll Over Car Demonstration. Buyers BBQ Dinner. Exhibitor Of The Year Announced. 4-H Livestock Auction.

Saturday August 8
7 am - 9 pm | Antrim County FairPancake Breakfast. Yard Sale. Archery Shoot. Inflatable Bouncy Barn. Family Heritage Day. Pony Rides. Michigan State Police K-9 Demonstration. Dog Show. Horse Pull. Farm Games. Clean Up. Community Campfire.

Sunday August  9
10 am  | Antrim County FairMorning outdoor worship service. Welcome all!
2 - 4 pm | Bellaire Historical Society “Civil War” Cementary Walk
5 - 8 pm | “Christians Got Talent” @ Bellaire Community United Methodist Church. FREE. Hot Dogs, chip & Lemonade. 6 pm Music. For more information call Karen Steiner @ 231-533-8534.

Monday, August 10
12 - 3 pm  | Bellaire Area Historical Museum Open

Tuesday, August 11

9 am – 12:00 pm  Area Seniors, Inc. OPEN HOUSE! @ Activity Center & Park
Join us as we will have open play on our pool table, Foosball table, Shuffleboard courts, and Pickleball court!  An excellent time to check out the Activity Center & Park, so bring a friend and explore the many fun events that we offer!  Light refreshments will be served.  Open to all ages and all of our County Residents!

6 - 8 pm | Area Seniors "Music at the Gazebo" - Kenny Thompson

Wednesday, August 12
5:15 | Area Seniors Bingo. Doors open at 5:15. Call 231-350-8835

Thursday, August 13
10 am – 5 pm  |  Sidewalk Sales
10 am – 4 pm  |  Library Book Sale
10:45 am - 1:45 pm | COA Picnic

Friday, August 14
10 am - 5 pm | Sidewalk Sales - Merchants
10 am – 4 pm  |  Library Book Sale
4 pm - 7 pm | Lion’s Swiss Steak Dinner ($12/ person)
6:30 - 8:30 pm | Music Downtown - “Danny B”
8:30 pm | 5K Family Fun Glow Run - Details to follow

Saturday, August 15
10 - 5  |  Sidewalk Sales - Merchants
10 - 2  |  Duckling Park @ Broad Street
10 - 2 | Dunk Tank & Dime Toss @ Parking lot of Bellaire Pharmacy. Presented by Masons, Rainbow Girls and DeMoley Boys.
10 - 4 | Inflatables &Bouncers @ Broad Street
10 - 4  |  Fine Arts & Crafts Show @ Courthouse
11 am  |  Free Movie Matinee @ Bellaire Theater (Limited Seating)
3 pm  |  Rubber Ducky Parade
3:45 pm |  Rubber Ducky Race (Approx.)
4 pm  |  Ducks finish Race @ Riverside Marine “The Duck Stops Here”

Sunday, August 16
9 am  |  The Farm Golf Course - 1st Annual Rubber Ducky Festival Golf Outing. Call the Club House at 231-533-6886 for more information.

2015 Rubber Ducky Sponsor

2015 Rubber Ducky Sponsor

Announcing the 2015 Sponsor

The Farm Golf Course & The Farm Pub & Grill

3388 W. Eddy School Rd.
Bellaire, MI 49615
1-800-745-8277 or

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2nd Annual "Faith Family Fitness" 5K fun run!


The St. Luke's Youth Group is sponsoring their Second Annual "Faith Family Fitness" 5K fun run! You can pick up early registrations forms at the Chamber of Commerce! Come and enjoy and evening run after you enjoy great entertainment downtown Bellaire! Proceeds will go to our Local Food Pantry and Luv Pacs!

Friday, August 14, 2015  |  Start Time: 9:00 PM

Registration: Starts at 7:00 PM until race time outside of the Bellaire Township Hall. Come and enjoy the special music hosted by the Chamber of Commerce while you wait for the race.

Featuring:  Neon shirts and glow in the dark décor

Please complete pre-registration form and mail to The Chamber of Commerce @ P.O. Box 205, Bellaire, MI 49615 by August 12th to receive a T-shirt for the night of the race. You can also drop it off at 308 E. Cayuga Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 2:00 pm. T-Shirts will be available for Same Day Registrations by completing a t-shirt order form with a pick up one week after the race at the Chamber of Commerce.

Fees: Pre-Registration $20/person, Family of 4 rate $60 with any additional member $15 each.

Same day Registration will be an additional $5/person.  (Make checks payable to St. Luke’s Youth Group.)

25% of the proceeds will go to Luv Pac’s and the Bellaire Food Pantry. 

Awards will be given to first, second, and third place overall finishers as well as 15-39 years and 40 + age groups.



Saturday, August 15, 2015 at 3 PM

Sponsored by The Farm Golf Course

PARADE LINE-UP: You Must Be On Site by 1:30 PM, Judging of all entries will take place at this time. Look for us at the parade line-up location on Broad Street

PARADE ENTRY DEADLINE: Friday, August 14, 2015.

Questions?  Contact the Bellaire Chamber of Commerce Office 231-533-6023

Please fill out registration form, detach the bottom portion and Mail to: 

Bellaire Chamber of Commerce
PO Box 205
Bellaire, MI 49615

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