Duck race draws a record crowd

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The Waipawa Spring Fes­ti­val — Duck Day — drew a record crowd on Satur­day — not just fes­ti­val-go­ers ei­ther, there were even more ducks than ever be­fore.

The Cor­po­rate Duck Race had grown from last year’s 17 en­tries to a field of 68, with ri­val­ries be­tween of­fices, in­dus­tries and even fam­i­lies. New World took out the Cor­po­rate Race and Epic Min­istries were judged the best Dressed Duck by Adam and Me­gan from the Hits Hawke’s Bay.

There was a record num­ber of peo­ple at the river to watch the duck races — with Hig­gins hav­ing dug a chan­nel and a hold­ing pen which meant no ducks could es­cape.

The Char­ity Art Duck auc­tion is on­go­ing on Trade Me, with ducks painted and dec­o­rated by well-known Hawke’s Bay artists in­clud­ing Sally McGuire from Art­mo­sphere, Sue Lund, Ian Chap­man, Gary Wal­drom, Jaine Hansen and more.

All pro­ceeds from the Art Duck auc­tion go to Ron­ald McDon­ald House

. . . you can see them on Kingfisher Gifts Face­book page and bid for them on Trade Me.

Win­ners of the Duck Race: 1st 476, 2nd 490, 3rd 1337, last 603. Lucky num­ber win­ners are dis­played in the win­dow of Waipawa Fish Sup­ply. Cor­po­rate Duck Race win­ners: 1st Waipuku­rau New World, Su­per Duck; 2nd Cen­tra­lines; 3rd Isaacs Hast­ings. Best look­ing Cor­po­rate Duck: Epic Min­istries.

PHO­TOS MOR­GAN DYSART PHOTOGRAPH­Y

The cor­po­rate ducks race for the finish line.

Nel­lie Jull Park was filled with food trucks, stalls and fes­ti­val-go­ers.

The an­nual duck race drew a strong field of con­tes­tants.

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