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Quack-tastic Fun For The Whole Family Don't Miss The Norm Perry Memorial Duck Race This Sunday

Offering a morning of bright yellow family fun, the Norm Perry Memorial Duck Race will return to Plantation Park this Sunday, May 19.
A bunch of family-friendly activities kick off from 9:30am and will run throughout the morning including the colouring in competition and novelty races, including egg and spoon and sack races.
Organisers are inviting attendees to dress themselves or their already-purchased ducks up as creatively as possible to enter the Best Duck Outfit and Best Decorated Duck competitions, with hundreds of dollars in prize money on offer to be judged from 10:45am.
There will be market stalls to peruse including your final opportunity to purchase a duck before the iconic race gets underway at 11:00am where the community will gather to watch hundreds of ducks race down Plantation Creek.
The Burdekin Brass Band will soundtrack the morning with their joyful tunes while Rotary Club of Ayr are running the barbecue which will offer steak and sausage burgers, hot chips and soft drinks, while coffee and ice cream vans will also be onsite.
The annual fundraising event is one the Rotary Club of Ayr’s major fundraising events of the year and, this year, funds raised will go towards Burdekin Combined Chaplaincy (BCC) and Burdekin Community Association (BCA).
“Fundraising is critical for us because times are pretty tough and we have organisations, especially like BCC and BCA, that need as much support as they can get, so we try and spread ourselves as much as possible,” said Rotary Volunteer John McVeigh, who is on the Duck Race Committee alongside Stacey Koia and Roger Timm.
“For the size of our club, we match any club in Townsville with what we do, and, in this case, we ensure the money returns to our community.”
As well as getting the Burdekin Brass Band, BCC and BCA involved, the club has also enlisted the support of Ayr State High School students who will assist with activities and stalls throughout the day and the Ayr Surf Lifesaving Club will be in the creek ensuring the smooth running of the race.
John Furnell will be behind the microphone emceeing the event, supporting an event close to his heart as event’s namesake Norm Perry’s son-in-law.
Norm’s wife Maureen Perry will also be there making the presentations, which will proceed after the race.
Ducks are still available from Burdekin Cleaners and Laundry and on the day for $50 each and if punters buy three ducks, they’ll get a fourth duck for free.
Raffle tickets are also on sale for $5 each to go into the running for a firepit built by Rotary member Mike Blakey.
To find out more, visit Rotary Club of Ayr on Facebook or contact John McVeigh on 0409 321 418.

WHAT: Norm Perry Memorial Duck Race
WHEN: Sunday, May 19 from 9:30am
WHERE: Plantation Park, Ayr
This is a free community event

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