One of the best parts about summertime is outdoor local events. And when the weather cooperates, it creates moments second to none.
“I was playing basketball and jumping down there and jumping on that tube,” said Brayden Mahler.
The joy in that child’s voice is courtesy of “Ducky Dash”, a festival sponsored by the nonprofit group, “Discover Downtown Middlesboro.”
“The mission of our organization is to revitalize our downtown so it’s a downtown people can be proud of,” said Keith Nagle
On behalf of that mission, Ducky Dash raises money by selling plastic ducks which are then raced down a river, with prize money going to the winner. Organizers say they hope to raise around 5,000 dollars this year.
The event is about fun and a chance to raise some money for a good cause, but folks say it’s also an opportunity to bring the community together.
“I think there's nothing better than watching these young children come out and enjoy themselves, because this is what it is all about is the mountain community, that what it is all about,” said Mayor Bill Kelley.
Community, fun and, of course, ducks: just another reason to love these summer days while they last.