Pictured is the President of the Golden and District Lions Club

Ducks get ready to take on Kicking Horse

The Golden and District Lions Club is getting prepared to let 500 rubber ducks loose on the Kicking Horse River.

The Golden and District Lions Club is getting prepared to let 500 rubber ducks loose on the Kicking Horse River.

The 24th annual Duck Race will be held on Sunday, Oct. 14, starting at 2 p.m.

President of the Golden and District Lions Club, Wayne Clark, said the event has been hugely successful over the years because of the support from the community.

By purchasing a ticket people help the Lions continue their work in the community.

“In the past year we have helped  people  who had visional impairment,” Clark said.

Lions members will be selling tickets at Sobey’s and Overwaitea, usually between the hours of 4 and 6 p.m. most days of the week.

Tickets can also be purchased at Elite Nutrition, Tru Hardware, and Race Trac Gas in Nicholson.

This year there will be two $1,000 prizes for the first ducks to reach the finish line, and a special prize for lame duck as well.

The event has brought out many onlookers in the past and is expected to do so again this year.

“The citizens of Golden and many tourists drop by to find out what it is all about. They line both banks of the river,” Clark said.

Clark would also like to thank the Golden Fire department members who come out and help fish the ducks from the river.

“They do a fine job. We have not lost a duck since they took over the collecting duties,” Clark said.

Younger club members, the Leos, follow the river and help throw ducks, which get stuck on the shores, back into the race. As for the ducks, Clark said they have been working out very hard leading into this years race.

“We have been working them out regularly since last year. They are in better shape than last year.”