2017 Duck Race

Sorry for such an unimaginative title, but I’ve been writing about this yearly event since 2013 long before little T even joined the village school.  Actually let me add that my husband and I even went to the duck race long before T was born.

For those who are new here, my daughter’s school runs this annual fundraising event so their students could go on school trips and do other fun stuff without having to rely on funding from the government.  It’s actually a lovely event which everyone gladly takes part in.

Every one was praying for good weather, since last year’s event had to be cancelled because of heavy rain.  Thankfully the gods bestowed us with lovely sunshiny warm weather.

It was past eleven o’clock the night before the event, when I suddenly realised that I volunteered to make some cupcakes for the cake stall.  As you can imagine, I did panic and started baking them well before the clock struck twelve and decorated them with icing and sprinkles in the morning.

By the time we got there, all the stalls were up and T’s friends were all happily playing and spending coins on every stall.

No photos I’m afraid of the talent show.  I was too busy administering caffeine into my veins (drinking coffee).  After the talent show, it was time for the dispersal of hundreds of colourful plastic ducks down the river.

As mentioned, we’ve been attending this event for years now, but our duck never, ever wins the race.  I’m beginning to doubt if anyone does (I’m joking obviously).

After the race, little T and some of her friends, headed downstream to have fun in the water.  As much as I love our current house, I admittedly miss living in this little village by the sea, even though it’s only about a ten-minute drive from where we live.  When the weather (like that day) is great and the tide is low, we used to come down here a lot just so T and Doc could have a little play in the water, or to eat ice-cream and just sit and watch the tourists go by.  It’s lovely isn’t it?

Hopefully the weather in next year’s duck race will be as good as this one.

Have you ever been to a duck race?


    • Yes, I’m afraid the success of any duck race relies heavily on the weather. The school had to cancel last year’s event because of the horrible weather 🙁

  1. Samantha Mayers

    Oooh this looks like so much fun. I have never been to a duck race before. We will have to find one near us. My little girl loves ducks so she would really enjoy it. X

  2. Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook

    This looks lovely and what a memory to have. The weather looks so bright and sunny too – wins all round! Elinor x

    • It definitely was a lovely day thank goodness for that, especially as mentioned on the post, we’ve had terrible rainy days just before the duck race. x

  3. Stephanie

    We have a duck race near us each year and it is great fun! However this looks so lovely and much nicer than ours!!
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  4. Fiona Cambouropoulos

    Duck racing must be a popular Cornish event. Our boys do it each year with scouts at Wadebridge. It is just the same with the scouting movement relying on the event as the big fund raiser of the year. Ours is next weekend and we will be hoping for weather as good as you had. Your little village does indeed look beautiful in the summer sun and the event well attended. Fingers crossed it will pay for some lovely school trips for T over the coming year.

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    • Hope your duck race will also have good weather. We were lucky this year, last year it was cancelled! 🙂

  5. wildfamilyfun

    This look like so much fun, I can remember doing a duck race when my daughter was young and all the children had so much fun. Great that they can get in the water to follow the ducks as well! #countrykids

    • That was actually after the duck race 🙂 My daughter and her friends decided to have fun in the water.

  6. Newcastle Family Life

    This looks like such a sweet traditional event, we don’t have anything like this where we live. It looks so picturesque xx

  7. Jo @ Mummy Needs Wine!

    Yes I have been to a duck race in Bewdley, Worcestershire. They are lots of fun! #CountryKids

  8. Sounds like a wonderful way in which to raise money so that every child is included on a school trip. #CountryKids

  9. Lisa (mummy Gummie)

    Love the idea of a duck race! The place you live looks idyllic!

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