Morning Newsletter

Rubber duck race a benefit for food bank

Thousands of little rubber ducks will race down the Ohio River on Sunday, each holding the chance of winning a 2012 Honda Civic LX Sedan or a year of free groceries from Kroger.

The ducks race in the Rubber Duck Regatta, the largest annual fund-raiser for the Freestore Foodbank, an organization that provides food to about 300,000 people annually in 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.

The ducks will be dumped into the river at 3 p.m. from the Purple People Bridge between Newport and Cincinnati and bob their way toward the finish line before the Cincinnati Bell/WEBN Fireworks. If the first-place duck happens to be a "Kemba Million Dollar Duck," its owner wins $1 million. Ducks cost $5 each or six for $25.

The event raises about $550,000 for the charity each year. This year, the Freestore aims to sell 150,000 ducks, 25,000 more than past years.

Ducks are available until 2:30 p.m. and can be bought online at or by phone at 513-929-3825.