Tenth annual Duck Derby hopes to make big splash

Justin Crann
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Hundreds of ducks will flood the Crescent Park serpentine on July 6.

The Early Bird Lions Clubs duck derby is an annual event headed into its tenth year this July. Times-Herald file photo

That's the date of the Moose Jaw Early Bird Lions' tenth annual Duck Derby.

"This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and this is its tenth year," said Bernie Roy, a spokesman for the club. "Being our tenth year, it would be nice to sell out."

Every year, the Early Bird Lions print 3,000 tickets for the Duck Derby. Each ticket corresponds to a rubber duck. The ducks are released en masse into the Crescent Park serpentine at the end near the amphitheatre, and are allowed to run along the length of the serpentine to a determined finish line.

The first duck to cross the finish line wins its owner a $2,000 prize. The second duck wins $1,000. Subsequent ducks win smaller prizes, and 20 cash prizes are available.

The proceeds go back into the community, said Roy.

"We have no administration costs or management costs within the Moose Jaw Early Bird Lions," he explained. "100 per cent of it all goes back into the community."

Among the Early Bird Lions' beneficiaries are Moose Jaw Crime Stoppers, the White Cane Club, the purchasing of guide dogs for Moose Javians who need them, other medical expenses for families in need, and so forth.

Roy said the event will be "a lot of fun," especially for kids.

"There will be facepainting and other things going on for the kids, and there's a band performing in the amphitheatre," he said, adding that he is pleased with the momentum the event has built over a decade.

"It is something that has grown over the years," said Roy. "We want it to continue, and to keep getting bigger and better."

Tickets can be purchased in singles for $5 or in packs of five for $20. 

They will be available for sale at Town and Country Mall June 5 to 7 and 19 to 21, at the Moose Jaw Co-op June 27 and 28, or at Sidewalk Days during the entire event.

Organizations: Moose Jaw Early Bird Lions, White Cane Club, Town and Country Mall Moose Jaw Co-op

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Crescent Park

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