Celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day at Essex Duck

For Immediate Release: January 4, 2018 (Essex, CT) – Mark your calendars! Saturday January 13th is National Rubber Ducky Day. And where better to celebrate than Essex Duck (across the street from the Griswold Inn, in Essex) with fun, games, rubber duck-shaped treats, and free rubber ducks for the first 100 visitors!

If you’ve not yet visited Essex Duck, you’re in for a big surprise. The idea for the store was hatched just nine months ago with a single yellow rubber duck—purchased, on impulse, as a distraction from the cares of the world. Essex Duck now boosts one of largest and most diverse offerings of premium, collectible, and designer rubber ducks in the world.

The variety is almost overwhelming. There are ducks resembling rock stars (Prince, Kiss, Elvis) and legends (Harry Ponder, Goosebusters, The Duckinator); ducks representing various professions (doctors, pilots, business women), trades (plumbers, carpenters, miners), and sports (polo, soccer, golf); historic ducks (Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Churchill); artist ducks (Frida Kahlo, Picasso, Salvador Dali); and ducks dressed up like animals, angels, flowers, and more.

“There really is no other experience like being surrounded by thousands of rubber ducks,” says co-owner Larry Athay. “Visitors are speechless to see floor-to-ceiling shelves filled with nothing but rubber ducks.”

Our research did not uncover the origins of National Rubber Ducky Day. But, the inspiration might be traced to the children’s television series “Sesame Street,” where in 1970, Muppet Ernie sings “Rubber Duckie,” an anthem for his beloved yellow bath toy. According to the first Sesame Street calendar, published in 1972, Rubber Duckie’s birthday is January 13th.

So, how, exactly might one celebrate National Rubber Ducky Day? Essex Duck founder Sherri Athay suggests the following: Add to—or start—a collection of rubber ducks for yourself or a friend. Give a rubber duck to each of your siblings, classmates, roommates, coworkers, employees, or customers. Organize a duck hunt where you hide rubber ducks (Easter-egg style) and invite friends over to search for them. Write a short story, song, or poem with your rubber duck as the hero. Race your rubber ducks—down a slide, around the tub, or on ice (hockey style). Take duck face selfies of you and your yellow bathtub friends and post them on social media.

Additional ideas for celebrating National Rubber Ducky Day (along with rubber duck jokes to share with anyone who will listen) can be found at www.essexduck.com.

About Essex Duck

Essex Duck is a happy place, free from the cares of the world—where rubber duck zombies, politicians, rock stars, and ordinary Joes and Janes coexist in unbiased harmony. Essex Duck opened its doors (and online store) June 30, 2017 and now boosts one of largest and most diverse offerings of premium, collectible, and designer rubber ducks in the world.

More information about Essex Duck can be found at www.essexduck.com or by calling 860.581.8351.

Media Inquiries/Contact Info

Sherri Athay, Founder
Essex Duck
51 Main Street
Essex, CT 06426