REPORTING · 1st August 2011
Updated with winners list
Once again, as happens every Riverboat Days, a massive quantity of yellow duckies was dropped into the Skeena River for a race to the finish line. A Chopper hoists a bag full of numbered swimmers, each with a name associated. A duck number is bought by those wishing to participate from Rotary Club members. If the bright yellow Duck bearing your number crosses the finish line first, you win!
The prize is a brand new car and it goes to the person who holds the ticket associated with the duck.
This year’s winner of the Grand prize was Phillip Souther. He gets to choose between a brand new Toyota Corolla and $10,000 cash. The second fastest duck was that belonging to Dave Bingham. His prize is a trip for two to Vancouver via HawkAir. The third fastest duck belonged to Allan Veasey from Kitimat. This duck won Dave a $500 gift certificate from Safeway. Sounds like a good barbeque package to us. And the forth and final prize went to Ed Wong who is taking home a $500 gift certificate, this time from Canadian Tire.
The report to the Terrace Daily was the Skeena River was very fast and the Terrace Rotary Club Volunteers and helpers were chasing rubber duckies half way to Prince Rupert; an exaggeration of course.
We are also told the estimate is the Rotary Club sold between 3500 and 4000 tickets for the Annual Wild Duck Race.
Spectators get a front row seat watching the chopper do its stuff
Spectators stand on the north side of the bridge watching the ducks hit the water and then all run over to the southside.