Waddington counts down to duck race

Waddington duck race committee members Brian Brookes, Anita Bater and Duncan Jackson who are promoting this years duck race in June.

Waddington duck race committee members Brian Brookes, Anita Bater and Duncan Jackson who are promoting this years duck race in June.

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Villagers in Waddington are getting ready for a bumper month of fun-filled events, which kicks off with a table top sale in Waddington Village Club on Saturday.

Meanwhile, The Scarecrow Festival makes a return this year on Saturday, June 27th – five years after it was scrapped due to health and safety restrictions and mounting costs. This year’s themes are current affairs or children’s books and a cash prize is up for grabs for the best scarecrow. Judging will take place from 10 am on June 27th.

A “Hunt the Ducks” challenge will take place on the same day. This is a walk around Waddington looking for pictures of yellow ducks with letters on. The letters will make up a word or series of words. All funds from this event will go towards the eagerly-awaited Waddington Duck Race, which take place on Sunday, June 28th.

Three duck races will be held on the day. The first race, “Paint your own Duck” will see 200 plain ducks that can be purchased for £2 each. The idea here is to get children to paint their duck and then race them against each other, while the second race is the Super Duck Race. The third race is the 2,000 Grand Prix event where ducks will be swimming down the brook from the Waddington Arms to Waddington Village Club.

Tickets can be bought for £1 at any fund-raising event leading up to the race day. All proceeds from all the events will go towards the Waddington Village Fund.