Big­gest duck race hits town

Alpine Observer - - What's On -

By STRUAN JONES

AUS­TRALIA’S big­gest duck race will take over Morses Creek in Bright’s Cen­te­nary Park for the an­nual Great Aus­tralian Duck Race at 7pm on Saturday, Jan­uary 12.

1000 highly com­pet­i­tive yel­low rub­ber ducks will take to the start­ing line at the Great Alpine Road, and will race fiercely to the fin­ish line at the foot­bridge at the Ovens River.

The best of the best will cross the line in 90 sec­onds, whereas those less pre­pared have been known to take up to 90 min­utes to bump their way down.

Each of the thou­sand ducks has a num­ber, and to pur­chase your ‘duck ticket’, vol­un­teers will be sell­ing them on the streets of Bright up un­til the race.

For the luck­i­est of ducks, the win­ner will go home with $1000, sec­ond place $500, third $250 and fourth $100.

All the re­main­ing 996 ducks will be crowned ‘fifth’, and can re­turn home with their beaks held high. It’s all for a good cause, though. The race raises $5000, which funds a Life Ed­u­ca­tion visit (re­mem­ber Harold the gi­raffe?) to pri­mary schools in Myrtleford, Bright, Har­ri­etville and Wandiligong, so it’s well-worth buy­ing a duck ticket for your­self and a friend be­fore they all sell out.

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