History of Duck Races

Duck races are a popular and entertaining event that take place in different parts of the world. These races involve hundreds of rubber ducks floating down a river or stream, with the first duck to cross the finish line winning a prize for its owner. In this blog post, we will explore the history and significance of duck races, as well as some of the famous duck races held across the globe.

Ducks ready to race

The history of duck races can be traced back to the mid-1980s, when the first-ever duck race was held in Vancouver, Canada. The event was organized by the Rotary Club of Vancouver, with the aim of raising funds for charity. The idea proved to be a huge success, and soon other organisations around the world began organising their own duck races.

Duck races have become a popular way of raising money for various causes, such as supporting local charities, funding environmental conservation projects, or financing education initiatives. These events bring communities together, with people of all ages coming out to watch the spectacle of hundreds of rubber ducks floating down a river or stream.

One of the most famous duck races in the world is the Great Knoxville Rubber Duck Race, held in Knoxville, Tennessee, USA. The event has been running for over 30 years and sees over 40,000 ducks racing down the Tennessee River. The race is held every year in September and has become a major event in the city’s calendar, attracting visitors from all over the world.

Another well-known duck race is the Llangollen Duck Race, held in Wales, UK. This event sees thousands of rubber ducks launched into the River Dee, with the first duck to cross the finish line winning a cash prize for its owner. The Llangollen Duck Race has been running for over 25 years and has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity.

In Japan, duck races are a popular form of entertainment, with events taking place in cities such as Osaka and Tokyo. These races often involve more than just rubber ducks, with real ducks also taking part in the competition. The ducks are trained by their owners and race down a specially designed track, with the winner receiving a prize.

In Australia, the Great Brisbane Duck Race sees over 40,000 rubber ducks launched into the Brisbane River, with the event raising money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The race has become a major event in the city’s calendar and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

In conclusion, duck races are a fun and entertaining way of raising money for a good cause. From Vancouver to Tokyo to Storrington, these events have become a popular way of bringing communities together and supporting local charities. Next time you see a rubber duck floating down the River Arun, remember that it is racing for a great cause, our Storrington Primary School!

Let us introduce our Star Sponsors

As we head into the count down to our Duck Race on the 21 May, the volunteers are working their fingers to the bone! However all this work has been greatly helped by our amazing sponsors. So we would like to take time to thank them.

Our Star Sponsors for 2023 are as follows:

Fowlers Estate Agents. For all your residential needs, whether buying or renting, they are the complete package. Marcel and his team are always on hand to take you through the process with their extensive knowledge of Storrington and the surrounding areas.

Sivtech is independent garage based in Storrington covering all of West Sussex with over 20 years experience in the motor industry. They cater for servicing, repairs, diagnostics and MOT testing.

Eva Rose Bridal is conveniently situated on the High Street in Storrington. Catering to brides, bridesmaids and not to forget, the all essential accessories for your special day!

Crossways Veterinary clinic has been there for your pets for the past 40 years, offering routine check-ups to complex procedures. Their team are always on hand to help!

Thank you so m much to our star sponsors! We appreciate all your support with our 2023 Duck Race.