The 30th annual Lumsden Duck Derby wrapped up in style on holiday Monday, September 4. Not only is this event a tradition in the community of Lumsden, but a tradition for southern Saskatchewan!
I was fortunate enough to be able to help emcee the derby just prior to the duck drop, which was something I’ve always wanted to see. A giant crane lifts an enclosed crate full of rubber ducks and gently swings the load over the river. After music is played to indicate race time, volunteers and the community begin a five second countdown. Organizers then pull the ropes to let the ducks fall into the Qu’Appelle River.
This year 16, 453 ducks sailed through Lumsden with proceeds helping the Lumsden Sports Association, which will be used to maintain the arena in the community. 620 CKRM was very proud to be part of this year’s parade and duck drop, which really showcased the pride and commitment Lumsden residents have for their town.
A list of winners will be posed to their website .