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Duck Race set to be a Quacker!

Duck Race set to be a Quacker!

Posted on 03-Sep-2015

Don’t be surprised if you spot a three metre high duck in the foyer next time you visit Twin Towns. You’re not going crazy and it’s all for a good cause.

For the fourth year, the Rotary Club of Kingscliff will hold its annual Duck Race on 15 November at the Ed Parker Rotary Park at Cudgen Creek. Twin Towns is joining in the fun, sponsoring the popular annual event and providing safe lodging for the giant duck in the lead-up to race-day.

Rotarian Rory Curtis said community support for the Duck Races has really taken flight over the past three years and the Rotary Club is thrilled to receive support from Twin Towns as naming rights sponsor of the 2015 event.

“When the problem arose as to where to store a three metre high duck, Twin Towns came to the rescue. The giant duck is bound to attract attention and we hope lots of people post selfies with him on site at Twin Towns to help promote the event that will raise much-needed funds for Rotary projects and local charities,” said Rory.

The three metre duck will be the centre-piece of the Duck Day activities at Rotary Park, casting a watchful eye over more than 1,000 little duck competitors as they take to the water for the race.

Wind and tide permitting, the duck derby will kick off just after midday, when the ducks will be launched into the water for their floating dash along the course. Each race is expected to take around 20-25 minutes to complete. A team of Cudgen Surf Lifesavers will be manning the nets at the finish line to ensure none of the little ducks end up lost in the Tweed waterways.

The first duck division will be the Corporate Duck Race, followed by the Corporate Pro Duck Race, where elite, turbo-charged corporate ducks will battle it out for line honours. Competition is expected to be fierce amongst local Tweed and Kingscliff business owners. Many are already planning tricky hydrodynamic modifications such as sails and motors to maximise speed and enhance their chances of taking out the trophy and $200 cash first prize.

The final race will be the community duck race, where community entrants’ ducks will float to the finish line. Anyone can enter. All they need is a duck!

Community ducks are only $5 each and there are big incentives for those who purchase multiple ducks in one transaction. A ‘Family’ of six ducks is $25, a ‘Flush’ of 13 ducks is $50, a ‘Flock’ of 30 ducks is $100, a ‘Flotilla’ of 80 ducks is $250 and serious duck devotees can purchase an entire FLEET of 100 ducks for $300. There are 50 prizes up for grabs and the owner of the winning duck in the community race will get the chance to ‘PLUCK A DUCK’ to possibly win a new VW Polo from James Frizelle’s valued at $16,990.

Corporate Ducks are $50 each and both corporates and individuals are encouraged to dress up their ducks and enter the Duck Fashion Parade for the chance to win great prizes from Tweed City.

Activities on the day will commence at 10.30am with a fun-for-all stand-up paddle board race, followed by the duck races. There will be a Rotary sausage sizzle, coffee, ice cream, face painting and cake stall at the park on the day.

Invite your family and friends, pack the chairs and picnic blankets and head along to this family friendly event. The day won’t be complete without a duck, so make sure you pre-purchase ahead of the day.

Following the huge success of previous years, Kingscliff Rotary expects demand for ducks to be high and are urging everyone to snap up a duck online at www.rotaryduckrace.com.au or go to The Good Guys at Tweed Heads South.

Call into Twin Towns and see the giant duck on display and be sure to spread the word and help Kingscliff Rotary raise money for a range of worthwhile causes.


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