Rubber ducks set to make a splash

Kinette Club of Penticton will hold their annual Rubber Duck Race Sunday on the Okanagan River channel

Thousands of rubber ducks will race down the Okanagan River channel on Saturday to raise money for charity.

The third annual Kinette Club of Penticton Duck Race kicks off at 11 a.m. when 4,000 competitors will be dumped into the water from the bridge at Green Mountain Road. The contest ends when the ducks arrive around 1 p.m. in Skaha Lake.

Whoever owns the first duck across the line will receive $1,000, while the runner-up will get $500. There will also be 10 random draws made for $50 each.

Ducks cost $5 each and are available while quantities last at Murray’s Pizza or London Drugs. Proceeds from the event will go to the Penticton Regional Hospital pediatrics ward and local youth groups.

Parallel to the main contest, some classes from local elementary schools will also be racing anti-bullying ducks, with the winner receiving a pizza lunch from Murray’s.

The Kinettes will also be hosting a family barbecue at Skaha Lake beach Saturday at 1 p.m.