The Alouette River will once again turn into a sea of yellow.

5th Rotary Duck race on weekend

Ticket sales will continue on race day at the event in hopes of topping last year’s total of $83,000.

The Alouette River will overflow with the colour yellow on Sunday with the fifth annual Rotary Duck Race.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature as many as 10,000 rubber ducks heading down the Alouette in this year’s fundraiser.

Race organizer Bob Shantz said tickets sales will continue on race day at the event in hopes of  topping last year’s total of $83,000.

All money raised form the event goes back to local youth groups in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.

“Youth is the focus,” said Shantz. “I can’t emphasize enough how great our sponsors have been. I think they’ve adopted this event because 100 per cent goes back to the kids in our community. It’s a shining example of fundraising for youth.”

Since its inception, the Rotary Duck Race has raised more than $330,000.

“It’s a win-win for the community,” said Shantz.

The race gets underway at 1 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10 each and one lucky duck will drive home in a 2014 Dodge Dart worth more than $22,000, donated by Maple Ridge Chrysler.

Other prizes include $2,000 cash donated by Mark’s Work Warehouse, and a $1,000 furniture packages from Fuller Watson and a $1,000 apparel gift certificate from Mark’s.

Other prizes include show tickets, a meet and greet at River Rock Casino as well as dinner at Chances, two rounds of golf for four at Meadow Gardens and a 40-inch flat screen TV from Haney Sewing and Sound.

Shantz said this year’s event has added more family-oriented activities, including live music, food trucks, and games for kids. He said the idea was to make it more community oriented and slow the pace of the day.

 

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