Alresford Duck Race 2011

The Alresford Duck Race is set in the beautiful grounds of The Weir House on the edge of Alresford, home of George & Jeanette Hollingbery, and is a fab day out for the whole family.  Local businesses have sponsored both ducks and races, and those funds, along with those raised on the day, go towards the excellent work that the Alresford Pigs have been doing in the Alresford community for over 37 years.  Hydrotech Services Limited are the main sponsors of the event and they do so in memory of Christian Barnard.

The Alresford Duck Race is being held on the 26th June 2011 from 12noon to 5pm, with the ducks swimming off at 1pm. There will be loads of fun activities aside from the races themselves, such as tattooing (fake!), hook a duck & lollipop game, short mat bowls competition, face painting, scalextric racing, bouncy castle, treasure hunt and raffles.  A local butcher will be providing a barbecue, a local school the tea, coffee & cakes, The Girl Guides the ice-cream and soft drinks, and Mrs Lillywhite the tortilla wraps, strawberries & cream. Lots of fun, food and mingling for all at this great community spirited event!

The Alresford Pigs told me how the races work:

Races are run – or paddled by all 32 ducks – over a fixed course, (not fixed in the terms of the outcome, you understand).  Spectators select the positions from out of a hat, the ducks are lined up in the gate by our highly trained ‘Quackatiers’; are placed under orders and are off.  Using only the flow of the water the little quackers swim their way to the finish.  There are prizes for the owners of the winning ducks with 1st and 2nd places going through to the Grand Final. You can place your bets at The Betting Tent, £1 per duck per race, you win £10 for the first race and £5 for second place (excluding the final race)!

Splash Clean have sponsored a gorgeous purple duck and Splash Social Media have sponsored one of the 7 races.  Hope to see you there.  Unfortunately Georgie will not be coming along as she has not had her second jabs.

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