One lucky duck takes home the $1000 first prize

The Ovens River was turned into a sea of ducks as the annual community fundraiser hit the water last weekend. Spectators were ducking for cover and just getting “down” as 1000 of the rubber ducks floated towards a $1000 first prize. There were calls for a protest as no. 26 crossed the line but organisers ruled there had been no “fowl” play.

NUMBER 26 was the lucky number at Bright’s Great Australian Duck Race on Saturday.

In the 26th running of the event held on the second Saturday of the New Year it was the rubber duck with those same numbers etched underneath which was first to finish.

In another fast race the 1000 yellow rubber ducks set off in Morses Creek towards the Centenary Park foot bridge at 7pm and took just 16½ minutes for the first ducks to cross the line, 26 narrowly edging 699 who was a long beak ahead of 27 in third while a short neck back was 333 in fourth.

Duck race committee member Al Findlay again provided colourful commentary of the race, his comments giving optimism to some of those hoping to claim the $1000 prize.

Mr Findlay said it was another successful event which supports the Life Education program by subsidising the cost of the Life Education Van which visits schools each year.

“It was a tremendous atmosphere, there was a really good crowd, one of the biggest in a few years, a lot of families and young children which was great,” he said.

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