For the first time ever on Easter Sunday, the Lions Club of Kingston SE will be holding “The Maria Creek Easter Duck Classic”, racing 500 rubber ducks.
The club has been given the rubber ducks by Beaumont Tiles in Mount Gambier and has decided to race them on Maria Creek, across from the Kingston Lions Shed.
Lions member Lyle Griffin said: “It will be a lot of fun and will make the most of the generous donation. We are looking to have the race around midday, after the Lions Easter boot sale and auction.”
Lions member Angas Bawden said: “The Kingston Lions Club had heard about other successful Lions clubs rubber duck races. The ‘duck committee’ decided to use the Maria Creek; an underutilised resource and asset of Kingston to host the event.
“This is an inaugural event and we have had positive feedback from many, and lots of interest from potential competitors,” he said. “We have had a few trial duck races on the creek, the ducks performed very well. We had a little trouble at the finish line with runaway ducks, but I think we have the problem solved.”
The owners of the first ducks to cross the line will receive a $250 prize for first place, $150 for second, with other prizes and goods to be won.
To have a chance of winning the duck race, participants must buy a $5 raffle ticket. These tickets will be numbered to correlate to numbers on the ducks. Entrants are encouraged to come and cheer on their duck to encourage it to ‘swim faster’ on the day.
Tickets are being sold at Kingston Foodland store on Saturdays leading up to Easter, and if any tickets are available on the day they will be sold before the race at the Lions auction and boot sale.
After the race the Kingston Lions will keep the ducks to be used the following year. The money raised will be donated to breast cancer, prostate cancer and the Kingston Community School nature park.