Duck wranglers scooped up the remaining plastic yellow ducks along the banks of the Skeena to keep them from floating downstream. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Duck wranglers scooped up the remaining plastic yellow ducks along the banks of the Skeena to keep them from floating downstream. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Sold out Wild Duck Race raises more than $40,000 for Rotary

All three prize winners were from Terrace this year

This year’s Wild Duck Race was something to quack about.

Duck sales sold out with 3,500 tickets, bringing the total amount raised for Terrace Rotary above the $40,000 mark. The last time the race sold out was in 2014.

All three winners were from Terrace: Denise Tupman won the $25,000 cash prize, Travis Ridler won the half-hour helicopter ride for five from Canadian Helicopters, and Wayne Muchowski won the $500 gift card to Canadian Tire.

Thousands of ducks were released by helicopter into the west channel of the Skeena River at 11 a.m. Monday morning, upstream from the new bridge on Hwy16. A flotilla of 10 boats plus Terrace Search and Rescue waited at the finish line to pluck the winners from the water. Once the three ducks were caught, volunteers began scooping up the rest to keep them from continuing down the river.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be used towards funding future Rotary projects in the community.


 


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And they’re off! A helicopter released 3,500 ducks into the west channel of the Skeena River at 11 a.m. on Monday. (Brittany Gervais photo)

And they’re off! A helicopter released 3,500 ducks into the west channel of the Skeena River at 11 a.m. on Monday. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Duck wranglers Rodney and Kerri Kuehne scoop up the remaining plastic yellow ducks along the banks of the Skeena to keep them from floating downstream. (Brittany Gervais photo)

Duck wranglers Rodney and Kerri Kuehne scoop up the remaining plastic yellow ducks along the banks of the Skeena to keep them from floating downstream. (Brittany Gervais photo)

From left: Rotarians Brian Downie, Amber Zanon, Sean Bujtas, Terrace Rotary President Chad Sallenback, and John Crawford pose with first-prize winner Denise Tupman at Ferry Island after the race. Tupman’s duck beat out all the others to the $25,000 cash prize this year. (Contributed photo)

From left: Rotarians Brian Downie, Amber Zanon, Sean Bujtas, Terrace Rotary President Chad Sallenback, and John Crawford pose with first-prize winner Denise Tupman at Ferry Island after the race. Tupman’s duck beat out all the others to the $25,000 cash prize this year. (Contributed photo)