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Families egg their rubber duck on as they race for a worthy cause

2,200 rubber ducks take the plunge for Tyne Valley’s fifth annual fundraising event

TYNE VALLEY, P.E.I. - Not even the downpour of rain could dampen the spirits of the families flocked on the edges of the Tyne Valley village pond to egg on their rubber ducks in a heated race to the finish line.

In a colourful tide of yellow 2,200 rubber ducks floated down the stream.

Proceeds from fundraising event, Rubber Ducky Family Day, supports two Tyne valley Oyster Festival events – the Soapbox derby and the festival parade.

“This is our fifth annual fundraiser that happens on the Sunday of Victoria Day,” said Rod MacNeill, one of the organizers.

“In past events, we’ve seen 500 people attend,” he added.

Fun activities included horse rides, two petting zoos, face-painting, two fire trucks, musical entertainment by an award-winning Halifax duo, Sandy Greenberg and Thomas Cormier from Razzmatazz for Kids, local singers, as well as several food vendors.

“This is the second major event that we have in Tyne Valley. The first one we just finished last week and that was the community plays, and then we have the Soapbox Derby, and then the Oyster Festival,” noted MacNeill.

The ticket-holder of the first numbered duck to cross the finish line wins $1,000. Second place prize is $250 and third $100.

One duck got off to an early start and was disqualified from the race.

The winners are yet to be announced.

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