The first ever Durban Duck Day will take place at Durban’s Yacht Mole (off Victoria Embankment/Margaret Mncadi Avenue) on Saturday October 6 where a “flock” of ducks will be released simultaneously to race, with the victorious duck winning the grand cash prize pool.
This event was scheduled for July, but gale-force wind conditions forced a postponement until October 6 from 11am until 3pm.
The day features non-stop entertainment with an obvious duck theme, be it duck dances for the younger participants, communal singing of specially adapted ‘ducky’ songs, or the quackier ‘Best Duck Hat’ or the ‘Best Duck Costume’ competitions. The colourful Duck Day ‘Duckettes’ will mingle in amongst the crowd to hand out spot prizes and giveaways.
Durban Duck Day is centred on a simple concept; a maximum of ten thousand numbered rubber bath ducks will be released at the same time to float on the tide, with wind and current assistance, towards a demarcated finish post. R10 from the sale of every duck goes into the prize pool, with the first duck to cross the finishing line winning the prize “pool” for the person that has ‘bought’ that duck.
The race venue will be carefully demarcated according to the tides and wind on the day, and will have pool-cleaning hoses keeping the ducks neatly in their corral. As the race progresses, the corral will be drawn towards the shore, containing the ducks for ease of removal once the race is over. Duck ‘Wranglers’ will be present at all times ensuring no ducks end up ‘in the wild’.
Ducks are sold prior to the event and cost R40 each. Non-profit organisations such as Highway Hospice are using this fun event as a fund raiser, with a percentage of each duck sale going towards much-needed funds.
* For more information and to buy your ducks, visit www.durbanduckday.co.za, or call 031 266 9828.