2000 rubber ducks race down the river
South Peace News
Excitement's building for the July 1, First Annual Duck Race in the West Prairie River.
It's the first joint fundraiser for both High Prairie Community Beautification Association and High Prairie's Communities in Bloom.
The idea is to send 2,000 numbered rubber ducks down the river, to the finish line.
"They'll be let go from the railway bridge, just down from Buchanan's Lumber. People who want to watch the race can watch it from the east side behind the recycling area. You can get down to the river there," says Mike Poulter, CIB committee member.
The west side of the river is off limits, adds Poulter.
"Nobody will be allowed on the west side because that's Buchanan's private property."
The event is a fundraiser to finance projects by both beautification and CIB committees.
Because this is the first year, they want to generate enough interest and excitement so that it becomes an anticipated annual event.
It's working, says Poulter. Tickets had to be replaced at High Prairie Inn because one individual bought 140 tickets.
Prizes are great and that's part of the attraction, adds Poulter.
"First prize is a combination 32" flat screen television with surround sound (system) and a lazy boy leather recliner. Second prize is a Ducks Unlimited wolf print, about five foot wide. Third prize is an inflatable camouflage canoe and fourth prize is a set of golf clubs and golf bag."
For Beautification and CIB, this fundraiser should be a solid base on which to build their fundraising efforts every year. That's one of the reasons the two groups were amalgamated.
Beautification has always worked in all seasons, but their winter light up is so well known that they'll continue to focus on that. CIB, being an international competition that highlights beautifying communities, particularly in the summer season, will focus their attention on that.
They now have the ability to share resources and combine efforts when needed.
"Both groups needed more people, especially for bingo," says Poulter.
Now they hope to attract more people to the duck race on July 1 and raise the excitement a little.
Tickets on ducks are available at High Prairie Inn, the town office, South Peace News, O's Ice Cream as well as from any member of Duck's Unlimited, adds Poulter.
They cost $5 a ticket and each ticket has a number. On race day, a duckling with a corresponding number to each sold ticket will be dropped into the river.
"It's on Canada Day they should have plenty of time and it does not conflict with anything at Triangle. Tickets will be available up to and including July 1. Shut the sales off by about 10 a.m., so everything can be put in the drop bag," says Poulter.
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