Duck Race fundraiser this Sunday

Ready to go: The Coffs Harbour Rotary Duck Race is on Sunday.
Ready to go: The Coffs Harbour Rotary Duck Race is on Sunday.

IT’S become a Coffs Harbour institution and it’s on again on Sunday.

The Coffs Harbour Rotary-Geoff King Holden Duck Race descends on Park Beach Reserve from 10am and organisers are expecting a bumper turnout.

The Coffs Harbour Surf Club will be one of the major beneficiaries of the fundraiser along with other local organisations and charities.

“We will have four duck races where people buy $2 tickets and are given a number which corresponds to a particular bath duck,” said Coffs Harbour Rotary community services director Grahame Kell.

“Surf club members then place the ducks into the creek near the railway bridge and they float out on the outgoing tide. That is why the event has to rely on the tides.

“We have a rope across the creek and that’s the finish line.”

Mr Kell said there would be five prizes up for grabs for each race followed by a fifth contest, known as the corporate race. Tickets for this event are $10 and many have been pre-sold.

Duck race day will also incorporate live radio broadcasts and bands, food and drink stalls, a jumping castle, face-painting and fairy floss.

The other major drawcard will be a banana hunt – participants buy plastic bananas which are buried in the sand alongside the creek and four bananas are unearthed by skydivers.

“We’re being positive and hope the weather will hold out for the day,” Mr Kell said.

For more information, contact Mr Kell on 0420 936 154.

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