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Return of Coldwater Duck Race makes a splash (6 photos)

'It is great to see so many people out enjoying this event,' said organizer of event that had been cancelled for two years due to the pandemic

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular Coldwater Lions Club Duck Race returned to the village of Coldwater Saturday. 

“It is great to see so many people out enjoying this event, especially after the pandemic made us stop the event for two years ... and under this beautiful blue sky day,” said one of the event organizers. 

Things got underway at 11 a.m. followed by a parade at 12:30 p.m. From mini tractor pulls to live music, and fire truck tours to vendors, there were tons of activities for residents and visitors alike all day long.  

To end the fun-filled day, the well-known main event, the duck race, made its way down the Coldwater River.

Thousands of rubber duckies were dumped into the Coldwater River at 2 p.m. and floated their way down to the finish line, where volunteers collected the ducks and announced the winning numbers.

Each duck sported a four-digit number "purchased" by a supporter and the first 34 ducks to cross the finish line collected prizes.

This year’s prizes ranged from first place of $3,000 cash to 34th place - $200 cash. Winners will be contacted in the coming days, but a full list of this year's winners can be found here.

Organizers say it was a successful day and thanked all the volunteers who lent a helping hand in support of the Lions Club fundraiser. Plans are already underway for next year's event.


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