There are 2,200 rubber duckies all numbered and ready to be released into the village pond in Tyne Valley this Sunday.
The Rubber Ducky race is a featured event of Tyne Valley’s sixth annual Rubber Ducky Family Day, a popular fundraising event which starts over the noon hour and runs until 4 p.m. on the Sunday of the Victoria Day weekend.
Proceeds from the day go to support two Tyne Valley Oyster Festival events, the Soapbox derby and the festival parade. The Soapbox derby runs July 28 and the parade goes August 4.
Although most of the duckies for the rubber ducky race have already been reserved, some have been reserved for distribution during Family Day. The ticket-holders whose corresponding numbered ducky crosses the finish line first will win $1,000. There are cash prizes of $250 and $100 for second and third place.
There will be special events near the pond all afternoon Sunday, including a petting zoo, face-painting, fire truck tours, bouncy castle, musical entertainment by Roy MacCaull and Friends, and children’s entertainers, Razzmatazz for Kids, Music Nova Scotia’s Children’s Group of the Year.
Although only in its sixth year, Rubber Ducky Family Day is already a Victoria Day weekend tradition in the Tyne Valley area.