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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A family who lives near a North Side neighborhood says a unique neighborhood fundraiser was the perfect family getaway.

Ty Smith and his wife, Erin, brought their four-year-old son, Emerson, to Sunday’s rubber duck race at Rainbow Bridge in Broad Ripple.

The family lives near the neighborhood and, before the pandemic, took their son on the run as a baby. They loved it so much they came back when the festivities resumed last year and came back again this year.

“Just having all the different arts and crafts that they have here and giving (Emerson) the opportunity to get out there and see a real post-pandemic event, which we haven’t been able to see,” said Ty Smith.

The Broad Ripple Village Association organizes the rubber duck race every year. Anyone can buy a rubber ducky for $6 or a group of six for $30.

At 4:30 p.m. sharp, volunteers threw the ducks into the central channel from the Monon Trail. The ducks “ran” to the finish line over the pedestrian bridge near College Avenue.

Jordan Dillon, the association’s executive director, said the top three received gift cards from local businesses. Proceeds go toward the association’s beautification efforts and other functions.

The rubber duck race draws about 2,500 people each year, according to Dillon.

“It’s so exciting to see so many families in the village enjoying the day and getting excited about this event,” said Dillon.

Ty Smith bought six ducks for the race, the first time the family bought one. None of them were up front when volunteers picked them up at the finish line, but he and his family say they had fun anyway.

“It was great to see all the families here, enjoying it and having a great time,” Smith said. Turning to his son, he added, “It was so good to have you taken out for a big event!”

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