THE Peel River at Bicentennial Park was ablaze with yellow on the final Saturday of the country music festival, as the annual Great Country Music Duck Race, organised by the Lions Club of Tamworth, took over the waterway.
With fine weather and thousands in town after the cavalcade, a good crowd lined the river to watch the little plastic yellow “athletes” in action.
There were 200 “corporate” ducks that raced in four races of 50 before 1500 quackers bought by members of the public and local businesses were spilled into the river, all vying to be first over the line.
There can only be one winner, though, and it was the entry of Travelworld Tamworth that claimed the $1000 prize. Second was the duck bought by Helen Paul and third the entry of the Myhill family, although patriarch Glen said the $150 prize fell well short of their investment.
In the four corporate races, first places went to the Poplar Pastoral Company, Dr Ian Kamerman, Paradise Caravan Park and Bellepoque Restaurant.
Duck race committee chairman Glen Myhill said it had been a great event, from which they hoped to raise about $25,000 when the final tally was completed. This year’s major beneficiary will be Riding for the Disabled, along with other local charities.