WELDON — Weldon is opening its doors and inviting everyone to come enjoy free ice cream and great music Sept. 20, as a kickoff to this year’s Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Ducky Derby fundraiser.

Weldon Mayor Julia Meacham said she’s hoping everyone will come out for the Rockin’ Block Party from 4 to 7 p.m. during the Friday night Beach Blast at the Great 98 WTRG FM radio station.

“We welcome everyone to our beautiful town to see all that it has to offer,” Meacham said.

Ice cream will be provided by Doodlebug Donuts.

“With over 30 varieties at the store we will bring a couple of surprises, even low sugar,” said owner Chea Peacock.

This event is sponsored by Lloyd’s Decorating, Merritt Piping, Dixon Realty, Rightmeyer Machine Rentals and Wilkie Real Estate.

On Sept. 21 the fun continues at 10 a.m. when vendors, rides, local musical talent and fun fills River Falls Park for one of the largest free events of the summer.

At 2:30 p.m. the rubber ducky race begins, and one lucky winner will receive not $1,000, but $2,000 this year.

Chamber President/CEO Allen Purser said adopt-a-duck tickets are available at numerous businesses in the Roanoke Valley, including the Chamber office at 260 Premier Blvd. in Roanoke Rapids.

“Look for the ‘Ducky Derby Tickets Available Here’ signs at your favorite Roanoke Valley businesses to purchase your tickets, which are available now,” he said. “Each ticket costs $5 with six tickets available for $25 and 25 available for $100. All proceeds will benefit Roanoke Valley Chamber programs, including the Business Education Partnership, Leadership Roanoke Valley and various programs used to support business in the Roanoke Valley.”

For more information, contact Purser at 252-537-3513 or apurser@rvchamber.com or visit www.rvchamber.com.

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