LAGRANGE, Ga. — On your mark, get set, go! Saturday is West Point's Great Chattahoochee Duck Race and River Festival.
Hundreds of yellow rubber ducks will be dropped into the river and race down to the finish line between City Hall and Hawke's Library at the annual event set for Saturday.
The race and festival begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. in downtown West Point at West 8th Street and 1st Avenue. Ducks can be purchased for a dollar or six for $25. First and second place ducks get a cash prize.
Rubber duckies not your thing? There's plenty for everyone, said Cathy Schirra of the Downtown West Point Development Authority.
Saturday's events, sponsored by the authority and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce, feature everything from an art walk to a classic car show.
"Just things that will appeal to all different types of people," Schirra said.
The event's art walk will include artists from Troup County and the Valley Art Alliance. In addition to the classic car, people will also get a chance to scope out the newest Kia models. Kia Autosport of Columbus will host a car show. Schirra said there will also be food, drinks, entertainment, mule rides, and downtown merchants will have specials and sales.
The event has been held for several year, but this year Schirra said organizers are trying to "bump it up a little bit."
She said eventually she hopes the River Festival and Duck Race can become signature events drawing out of town crowds, who might stay over night. Schirra said she's hoping for a large turn out and said the festivities will go on rain or shine.