DUCKS AHOY, BROTHERS: Ballina Rotarian Bruce Bevan and Lucky the Duck are getting ready for this weekend’s entertainment in Ballina which includes a concert by Brothers 3 and the annual Rotary Club of Ballina duck races.
DUCKS AHOY, BROTHERS: Ballina Rotarian Bruce Bevan and Lucky the Duck are getting ready for this weekend’s entertainment in Ballina which includes a concert by Brothers 3 and the annual Rotary Club of Ballina duck races. Graham Broadhead

Expect a quacker of a day at Ballina's annual duck races

A FAMILY fun day in Ballina this Sunday is set to be a real "quacker".

The Rotary Club of Ballina is holding its 23rd annual duck races in the Richmond River at Fawcett Park in Ballina's CBD, starting at noon.

But the Rotarians have turned the popular duck race into a fun day, with market stalls to be held in the park, face painting, a sausage sizzle, colouring-in competition and displays by service clubs.

Lucky the Duck will be there.

One thousand plastic ducks will race along the river - the quicker the tide and more favourable the wind, the faster the ducks - in the community race.

You can still get on board by buying a $2 ticket outside Wallaces in River St or on the day at the park. First duck across the line will earn its owner a $500 Harvey Norman voucher, while second prize is $200 cash and third prize is $100 cash.

The corporate duck race will be held in conjunction with the community race, with businesses dressing up ducks for this novelty event.

At the same time, next year's Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival will be launched for invited guests at The Wharf restaurant.

Earlier this year the Rotary Club of Ballina earlier came on board to ensure the country music festival will take place next year.

As part of the celebration of the return of the festival after a break this year, the popular group Brothers 3, who were X Factor finalists last year, will perform at the Cherry Street Sports Club on Saturday afternoon from 3.30pm with entry by gold coin donation, which will go to festival funds.

The boys were involved in the first festival and have been popular at each event following.

They are back again to help promote next year's return of the event.

The word on the street is that those who turn up at the duck race could really be lucky ducks, with whispers the boys could make an appearance, along with another big name in country music.



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