Marie Smythe, chairwoman of the Downtown Merchant Association, said decorating primed wood ducks, crafted by the Hobart Arts League, is the perfect venue to showcase artistic talents.
The ducks, made of particle board, go on sale next week and will cost $10.When they're decorated, they can be entered in the Lakefront Fest's Dam Duck Parade, which takes place at the lakefront Aug. 16 and 17, Smythe
"Even merchants are invited to participate in the contest and will have an opportunity to win.Shop owners can use any theme of their choice, but preferably one that represents their store products."Smythe
said the public also can buy the ready-to-be decorated ducks at Draperies and Things, Brickie Photo or Greener's Apparel.All three businesses are on Main Street.
The wood ducks can be decorated however the artist chooses, Smythe
Last year's winner fancied Zorro, sporting a mustache and mask and a sword painted on his
"Ducks will go on display and be judged for originality and artistic creativity," Smythe
While prizes have yet to be announced, best of show will receive special recognitions, Smythe
Ducks will be sold by the Downtown Merchant Association
and will benefit the streetscape or other city beautification projects.
For more information, call Smythe
at (219) 942-0065.