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Justin Dickie
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Imagine 1,200 plastic ducks floating down Black River from the exhibition buildings to the Water Street bridge, with the first place duck bagging its owner roughly $4,000 in cash.

Just ducky

Imagine 1,200 plastic ducks floating down Black River from the exhibition buildings to the Water Street bridge, with the first place duck bagging its owner roughly $4,000 in cash.

Seems crazy, but its happened. And its being done again this year.

The Oxford Masonic Winburn Lodge #75 is currently working on this years 50/50 duck race in Oxford, set for August 18 at noon as part of the Wild Blueberry Harvest Festival.

You get quite a crowd around the bridge and the ball field just for that event, said Mason Wes Adshade. Everyone wants to see their duck come down and win it.

The Masons took over the duck race this year and moved it from July to August to make it part of the festival to make for an entire day a wild blueberry celebration.

We are trying to make a whole day event here in Oxford, Adshade said.

So far the prize pot sits around $1,300 and is sure to rise as the race draws near.

JR Murray, a summer student at the Wild Blueberry and Maple Centre, said tourists buy a lot of tickets on the race, likely due to the originality of the concept.

I dont know how many other places do it, but we get a lot of tourists coming here and they wonder what it is and they all want to buy tickets on it, Murray said.

Fifty per cent of the proceeds go to the Masons and 50 per cent will go to the recreation department. Ducks cost $10 each or three for $25 and can be purchased at the Wild Blueberry and Maple Centre.

jdickie@amherstdaily.com

Geographic location: Oxford, Black River, Water Street

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