The third annual Rimbey Kinsmen Duck Race on Sept. 3 saw about 400 ducks floating in the river, all for a good cause.
The money raised at this year’s event was $6,000, which went toward purchasing new rocks for the Rimbey Curling rink.
“It was a fun day. Everybody comes out and we had nine different chilis. It’s always a fun day for camaraderie for everybody to get out and run around,” said Allen Adam, organizer of the event and a Kinsmen member.
Each duck was $20. Duck sponsors for the event were Midwest Propane, Rimbey TV and Missing Link, NAPA Auto Parts, Subway, Evergreen Co-op and Wake Construction.
This year’s winner was Owen Porte of Midwest Propane.
“Midwest actually won with his duck, number 17 was his duck.”
The first place winner gets $1,000, second place gets $600, third gets $400, fourth get $200, fifth gets $100 and last place of all the ducks gets $300.
“If you have bad luck you get last place,” said Adam with a laugh.
Phil Swanson, who helped out by walking in the river chasing the ducks, said the weather was nice this year for the event.
Swanson is also a Rimbey Kinsmen member and said money has gone to various places in the past including last year’s event supporting the pre-school with new chairs.
Swanson sadly didn’t have much luck this year with his ducks.
“I bought 20 ducks and I didn’t even have any of them win. All the winning ducks were sold by Al,” he said with a laugh.
Depending on the flow of the river, the duck race usually takes about three hours.