If you’re out at the Brick for Happy Hour this Friday and you hear some nearby quacking, it’s likely you have just waddled into a 10 years running local event called Duckfest. Originally started as a neighborhood BBQ back in the Summer of 2007, Duckfest has evolved into a local tradition that includes royalty, special handshakes, majestic attire, rubber duck races, and good times with friends new and old. To organize the first Duckfest, it was decided a royal court needed to be formed to manage the planning, and thus, the first King and Queen of Duckfest were crowned. The first year was a potluck style party where neighbors came together with food and home brewed beer to spend an evening under the stars chatting and playing guitars around a fire. Over time, new traditions developed, including the rubber duck races that commence in the Brick’s 23 foot long running water spittoon (Friday, August 19th this year). The races usually kick off with a toast given by the reigning King and Queen over a round of Duckfarts. Following the races, the Duckfesters and new found friends parade to other establishments, often with instruments and dressed in grand attire. The Friday festivities are open to anyone who wishes to participate in this Roslyn style fun. Just show up at the Brick and join in with the crowd. Later in the weekend, a locals only Duckfest event is held to celebrate the company of friends, enjoy live music, and crown the new King and Queen, who will carry the tradition forward into the following year. Duckfest is just another example of how fun it is to live in the unique and wonderfully quacktastic city of Roslyn.
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