Biggest duck race hits town
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.