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.