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Johnson-Springview Park fills up with events

Rubber Ducky Fest followed by Rocklin Community Festival
By: Gloria Beverage, Placer Herald Editor
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Johnson-Springview Park will come alive with a variety of activities, music and food vendors starting Sunday and continuing into next week. Sunday?s Foothill Rubber Ducky Festival, scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., will benefit RRUFF (Rocklin Residents United For Fido). Highlight of the event will be the duck drop at 9:30 a.m. when 1,000 rubber duckys will be dropped from a hot air balloon. The ?owners? of the six closest ?pets? to hit the target will have a chance to go up in a hot air balloon and personally drop their ducky again. The top winners will win prizes. A few duckys are still available for ?adoption.? To adopt a ?ducky,? visit foothillrubberducky.com. The festival will open with a 3K Quick Quack Duck Dash at 8:30 a.m. Cost to enter is $5. Anyone who registers online will receive a free ?ducky? adoption plus a goodie bag. A free 100M Waddle for youth will get underway at 9 a.m. To register for either race, visitfoothillrubberducky.com. More than 45 vendors will be offering a wide variety of merchandise, food and activities throughout the day. Live music will be presented by Thomas and Plecker, a group of teens performing Frank Sinatra-style music from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Hot air balloon rides will be given, weather permitting, from 10 a.m. to noon. Opening Wednesday, May 9 and continuing through Sunday, May 13 will be the fourth annual Rocklin Community Festival hosted by the Rocklin Kiwanis Club. Seventeen carnival rides will be operating Wednesday through Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., said Gene Johnson, spokesman for the Kiwanis Club. Food vendors will be offering traditional carnival fare throughout the weekend. Admission to the festival is free. All rides on Wednesday will be $1 each. Ride wristbands, at $20, will be available throughout the remainder of the festival. ________ Know and Go Rubber Ducky Festival When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday Where: Johnson-Springview Park What: Races, hot air balloon rides, ducky drop, music, vendors Rocklin Community Festival When: 4 to 10 p.m. May 9, 10, 11; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. May 12 and 13 Where: Johnson-Springview Park What: Carnival rides plus food vendors plus booths hosted by local service clubs and businesses Hosted by Rocklin Kiwanis Club