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Kids can race their duck to the finish line for quacking fun
Quack Quack Quack - the Support the Duck Festival is back. Previously known as the Great Brisbane Duck Race, it's sure to be a smile on your face.
Get your flock together and waddle on over to this once a year sight on the banks of the Brisbane River at West End.
Held on 26 October 2014 from 10am to 3pm at Riverside Drive, West End (between Kurilpa and Forbes Streets).
This is the yellowest, quackiest and biggest festival race in the country. 40,000 yellow rubber ducks flock to the shore of the Brisbane River to take their place in the lineup. Watch as they jostle and bustle and float their way down the River, battling to be the first duck across the line. And of course, it wouldn't be a great race if you couldn't take part. Go online to the official website and by your own duck or two. From a single duck for $5, to a family of 6 ducks for $25, and a fleet of 100 ducks for $300, or any combination in between. Every duck you buy is entered into the race with it's own chance to win.
The duck who crosses the line first gets its winning owner a new car from Motorama to the value of $45,000. The second placed duck owner wins a boat and trailer to the value of $10,000 from Port of Brisbane, and the third placed owner wins a travel voucher worth $5,000. So the stakes are certainly high.
Although a flock of 40,000 rubber ducks will certainly get your attention, there's more quacking fun on the day than just the ducks.
There will be loads of rides, live music, kids entertainment and family fun. Add a licenced bar area and yummy food stalls, and you're in for a waddling good time
The whole day is to support cancer, so you could say - it's the race that stops cancer! We hope. It's Brisbane's version of the race that stops a nation.
Fundraising merchandise is available online to add some colour to your mood for the day and support a great cause.
If you want to be part of the day in a Team Challenge, get your friends and family together to challenge a giant rubber race duck and fundraise to enter their duck into the Motor or Non-motorised Team Duck Race. All proceeds go towards cancer research at the PA Hospital; one of the largest research campuses in the southern hemisphere and home of the world's first cancer vaccine.
The Support the Duck Festival is held on Riverside Drive (between Forbes and Kurilpa St), West End, opposite side of the river to the Regatta Hotel.
Parking is available in the surrounding area however it is recommended that you check parking restriction signs. Use of public transport is recommended - visit the Translink website for more information on how to get there.