Rub­ber duck race a splash­ing suc­cess

Money raised helps pay for free chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON cshan­non@cb­post.com

The real ducks of Renwick Brook Park had to com­pete for space along­side their bath­tub coun­ter­parts Satur­day as yel­low, pink and blue rub­ber ducks crowded into the pond.

The an­nual (rub­ber) duck race is one of the more pop­u­lar events dur­ing Bay Days fes­tiv­i­ties.

Nearly 1,000 ducks — each as­signed a num­ber at­tached to a ticket — were cor­ralled into the mid­dle of Renwick Brook.

The wind and cur­rent dic­tated the speed of the race on the in­side of a float­ing boom, which kept the ducks on the straight and nar­row.

Watch­ing from the edge of the wa­ter were six-year-old Kaiden Kri­cak and his cousin, three-yearold Brady Nash, both of Glace Bay.

“He wanted to see the duck race. It’s the first time he’s come to it,” said Kaiden’s dad, Brent Kri­cak.

Kaiden was hold­ing one ticket with the num­ber 670. The boys sat wait­ing, an­tic­i­pat­ing the fin­ish.

There was no yelling at his rub­ber duck in try­ing to some­how en­cour­age it to move faster down the brook.

“I don’t know what colour he is be­cause there’s so many of them,” he said.

At the end of the race, two men in a mo­tor boat and hold­ing a net scoop up the first duck — a blue one — that will give its owner a $1,500 first-place prize.

The win­ner was Gary Wil­son, but Kaiden didn’t seem to mind.

There were a cou­ple of sour faces leav­ing the park af­ter the race. One lit­tle girl in par­tic­u­lar was sad her duck didn’t win any­thing.

Her mother tried to ex­plain win­ning is all about luck, and that there were many boys and girls who had ducks that didn’t win any­thing ei­ther. It’s all about fun, af­ter all, she said.

The sec­ond and third ducks that fin­ished the race, which took all of 10 min­utes, awarded $1,000 and $500, to the re­spec­tive ticket hold­ers.

Meco Con­struc­tion spon­sored this year’s race.

Brian Shaw, chair­man of the Bay Days Sum­mer Fes­ti­val, said prof­its raised from the duck race are re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing many chil­dren’s ac­tiv­i­ties free of charge.

He said the money also goes to­ward pay­ing a por­tion of the clos­ing fes­ti­val fire­works show, which costs about $12,000 to pull off each sum­mer.

CHRIS SHAN­NON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Close to 1,000 yel­low, blue and pink rub­ber ducks are dumped into Renwick Brook in Glace Bay at the start of the an­nual duck race as part of Bay Days fes­tiv­i­ties Satur­day.

CHRIS SHAN­NON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

Kaiden Kri­cak, 6, keeps a close eye on the duck race at Renwick Brook in Glace Bay, with his cousin, Brady Nash, 3, on Satur­day. The pop­u­lar event is part of Bay Days fes­tiv­i­ties.

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