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Coldwater, ON. – Duck race returns for another year

The finish line of the well-known Coldwater Duck Race. / Photo: Connor Earl Productions

May 28th, 2022

COLDWATER, ONTARIO – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Coldwater Lions Club Duck Race returned to the village of Coldwater today. 

“It is great to see so many people out enjoying this event, especially after the pandemic made us stop the event for two years… and under this beautiful blue sky day,” said one of the event organizers. 

Things got underway at 11 am followed by a parade at 12:30 pm, which continued into events and festivities for the whole family. From mini tractor pulls to live music, and fire truck tours to vendors, there were tons of exciting stuff to do and see all day long, especially a pit-stop at the ice cream place for an ice cream cone.  

To end the fun-filled day, the well-known main event, the duck race, down the Coldwater River commenced.

Thousands of rubber duckies were dumped into the Coldwater River at 2 pm and floated their way down to the finish line, where volunteers collected the ducks and announced the winning numbers. Each duck has a 4-digit number and the first 34 ducks collected win prizes. This year’s prizes range from 1st Place – $3,000 cash, to 34th Place – $200 cash. Winners will be contacted in the coming days. 

Organizers say that they had a very successful day, would like to thank all the volunteers who helped put on such a successful event return and that they are already planning for next years event.