(Pictured: Jamie Lees, event Chairperson)
It’s a fundraiser that goes back 31 years in the community of Lumsden, just minutes north of Regina. The Duck Derby has become more than just a tradition in this Qu’Appelle Valley town, it has grown into the community’s largest arena fundraiser and a favourite for people all over southern Saskatchewan.
“We’re really honoured to have so many people come out to this event and make it a full day affair, so it’s really fun,” explained event Chairperson Jamie Lees.
The day started with a pancake breakfast at 10 a.m. Monday morning, events in the park throughout the morning, a parade at 1:30 and the duck drop at 2:30 in the afternoon. This year 16,240 rubber ducks were dropped into the Qu’Appelle River from a giant metal crate suspended high above the river thanks to a crane.
“All our money goes towards our rink so it stays right here in town and keeping things alive, keeping our fees low, and keeping our rink afloat,” added Lees.
As anyone from a small town can tell you, it’s not cheap operating a rink especially in a small community. These facilities are often the hub of winter activity for local families and it brings in visitors from other communities which provides an economic spinoff for a small town.
“It’s the hub of the community. Everybody gathers at that place, so it’s huge,” concluded Lees.
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