The Sooke Harbourside Lions are getting their ducks into shape for the annual Duck Race on May 10.

Getting all the ducks in a row

Sooke Harbourside Lions host annual duck race at Sooke Flats

What’s yellow and blue and quacks us up every year?

Why, the annual duck race of course!

In just over a week from now, a swarm of yellow racing ducks will be riding the current along Sooke River to the finish line, where some lucky duck will make an easy grand for the winner.

Indeed, on Saturday, May 10, the Sooke Harbourside Lions will be hosting their eighth annual duck race at the Sooke River Flats (the Sooke campground), on Phillips Road just past SEAPARC.

The duck race started eight years ago as a fun way to raise money for juvenile diabetes research and Easter Seals Camp Shawnigan. It’s turned into a fun family day, that includes a bouncy castle, arcade-type games, a balloon-making clown, face-painting, cupcake decorating, and oh so much more according to Jane Beddows, their president. Food will include popcorn and their world-famous hotdogs.

Overseen by Event Chair Joanne Phillips, the event is a family friendly and affordable fun day out. Most of the proceeds are raised through the duck adoptions, so those who have a little extra to donate for the activities are encouraged to do so; those whose priorities rest with their own expenses at this point in time can also participate, without donating. There are fixed prices for the food and beverages sold on site.

Raffle tickets are sold for each duck in the race. Ducks are “adopted” out for $5 per duck. A five-pack “Quack Pack” sells for $20. All the ducks are numbered and the first six ducks across the finish line win cash prizes for their adopted parents. Prizes, from first to sixth, are for $1,000, $500, $400, $300, $200 and $100. Ducks coming in seventh and beyond honour their holders with the joy of participation.

Tickets are available for purchase at Sooke Shoppers Drug Mart, Sooke Peoples Drug Mart, Sooke Pemberton Holmes and from any Harbourside Lion. Look for the waving life-sized duck on Thursday nights as the Lions gather by the Sooke River Bridge, waving specifically at you.

Race day is May 10, the day before Mother’s Day. Gates open at 11a.m., and duck tickets will be sold until noon. The ducks are dropped in the river by 1 p.m., hopefully crossing the line between 1:30 and 2pm (depending on the wind!!!)

This race has turned into a very successful fundraiser for the club… raising close to $50,000 over the past eight years.

“We have racing ducks this year,” laughs Jane Beddows in conversation at the Sooke News Mirror office. “They are warming up at Kemp Lake, doing their paddling exercises.” And don’t worry about the older ones. They are enjoying their retirements.”

Clearly, no ducks are harmed before, during or after the event.

Just Posted

The shores will not rock in 2019

Atomique Productions announce Rock the Shores festival will not return in 2019, future is uncertain

Video shows logging operation on disputed Saturna Island land

Tsawout First Nation members opposed to logging on reserve land

Family still searching for missing Langford man two weeks after disappearance

Family hopeful he is alive, offering $10,000 reward

Victoria police concerned about missing man’s well-being

Delmer was reported missing on March 19

Fracking, economy, climate at centre of Green Party town hall in Metchosin

Green Party leader Elizabeth May and local candidate David Merner take questions from community

Sparks fly as SUV speeds down wrong side of Highway 1 trying to flee RCMP

Captured on video, the vehicle headed westbound against oncoming traffic before crashing

Calgary captain has 3 points as Flames torch Canucks 3-1

Giordano leads way as Alberta side cracks 100-point plateau

Fire crews battle large blaze at Courtenay hostel

Courtenay Fire Chief Don Bardonnex said nobody was injured

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Most Read