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The race was just 'ducky'

Trevor Rockliffe

500 rubber duckies went swimming down Trepanier Creek as fast as the current would take them in the first ever Peachland Rubber Ducky Race.

Tourism Advisory Committee Chair, Doris Muhs, says they came up with the race idea to fundraise for the of Peachland Bats Education & Conservation Program, and Legends of the Lake Interpretive Centre in Peachland Historic Primary School

“This is the first try and our major motivator is raising money for the Visitor Information Center’s education program regarding the bats and the legend of the lake,” said Muhs. “We heard of duck races in other locations and thought we can try it.”

A committee was formed and local agencies came on board.

Because of a small budget they borrowed the 500 rubber ducks from Kelowna.

“At this point I am very proud we didn’t break the budget and have so many people here and so many happy kids,” said Muhs.

Ten-year-old Liam was part of the inaugural duck race and said it was really fun to be a part of.

“It was great you know, it was really fun and fast and ducks were quaking,” laughed the ten-year-old.

He says the ducks faced turbulent waters, but made it safely across the finish line.

“One kind of got caught in the current but not too much danger,” said Liam.

The winning ducks were announced at the park.


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