University Place residents can get ready to welcome the summer with the annual Duck Daze celebration on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The classic community event rolls in with a parade, a car show and a fire station 31 open house.
“What Duck Daze, and specifically the Duck Parade, have always provided is a family-gathering event. It brings the whole city together for one morning to enjoy the spectacle and joy the parade brings, as well as the comradery within the community,” Mayor Javier Figueroa said.
The Duck Parade will begin at 10 a.m. and start at the corner of 27th Street and Bridgeport Way and continues south to 37th Street where it ends in Market Square. The parade celebrates the duck, which has become a bit of a community mascot in University Place.
University Place community members Terry Reim and Dixie Harris get the credit for getting Duck Daze going as a way to celebrate the end of the rainy season and the improvements to Bridgeport Way. Adopting the yellow duck as the symbol of the event really hit home with residents such that the duck became a community mascot.
The annual UPTown Cruisin’ Association and American Legion Post 138 Car Show will also start at 10 a.m. in front of the UP Civic Building, and is poised to be the biggest one yet. Featuring vintage, classic, hot rod, tuner, modern cars and maybe a few old military vehicles. The proceeds from the show this year will go towards The American Legion Service Officers fund to help local veterans in need and to the U.P. Veterans Flag Plaza project.
“The one difference this year is an expanded, bigger-than-ever UPTown Cruzin Car Show. The car show is a crowd favorite, and it will move to Market Square,” Holloway said.
If you are interested in participating in the car show, the entry fee is $20, and an application can be found at cityofup.com/residents/events/duck-daze/uptown-cruisin-car-show. Trophies will be awarded at 2:30 p.m, and are sponsored by businesses around the city, any business interested in sponsoring a trophy can contact Bob Schwartz at (253) 381-6453 or Charlie Maxwell at (253) 405-9014 for information and an application.
Fire Station 31’s open house is the perfect place to bring kids. The house will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the West Pierce Fire & Rescue Headquarters, Station 31. Not only will children have an opportunity to check out actual fire trucks, but families will have the opportunity to talk to firefighters about what it is they do. The Headquarters will also include face painting and temporary tattoos as well as lifejacket and helmet fittings, $14 for life jackets, $7 for bike helmets and $10 for Multi-Sport helmets. Finally, Nonperishable food donations will be collected for local area food banks.
The city is hoping Duck Daze will once again bring the community together to celebrate the warm days ahead. For more information, visit cityofup.com.