Duncan Hines Days introduces Duck Paddle Race and Regatta

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A brand new part of Duncan Hines Days this year is a new way to get out on the river: the Duck Paddle boat race.

“It should be a super fun kayak/canoe race and also casual float for people who aren’t really interested in racing. We’re going to launch here at Riverfront Park at the pedestrian bridge, and it will end at Boat Landing Park over on Boat Landing Road,” Andrea Strange, Duncan Hines Days Recreation Committee member says.

After racers are finished, there will be a Boat Landing Block Party filled with fun for the whole family.

“We’re going to be cheering on our race and paddle participants as they finish up. There’s going to be live music from 11 to 1, and there will be inflatables. Totally Baked and Mobile Moo food trucks are going to be there, and then we’ll also have little activities from all of our partner agencies,” Strange says.

The Recreation Committee created this race to honor the city’s connection with the Barren River.

“We all know that Bowling Green used to be a river city. Bowling Green is what it is because of the Barren River. So we think that it’s important to highlight that history and try to reconnect the community with the river,” Strange says.

The race starts at 8 on Saturday morning, and if you’re participating, be there at 7:30. If you need to rent a kayak, single boats are available for $10, while tandems are $20.