Duck race highlight of Cromwell party

Mischa Thomlinson (6), of Cromwell, proudly displays her decorated duck. Photos by Lynda van Kempen.
Mischa Thomlinson (6), of Cromwell, proudly displays her decorated duck. Photos by Lynda van Kempen.
Jakeb Everest (7), of Te Anau, watches the progress of his entry in the race.
Jakeb Everest (7), of Te Anau, watches the progress of his entry in the race.

The duck race was one of the highlights of the midwinter Cromwell Mall party on Saturday. 

The annual party is organised by Cromwell retailers and this year the Cromwell Scouts took over organising the duck race, as a fundraiser to help send 13 scouts to the national scout jamboree in Marlborough from December 29 to January 7.

One of the scout leaders, Justin Taylor, said the group needed to raise $20,000 and it had various fundraising events under way.

The scouts hoped to raise about $1800 from the duck race.

More than 145 plastic ducks were entered in the race, which took place on the stream through the mall.

Individuals and businesses could buy and decorate the ducks and there were prizes for the "best-dressed'' duck and drake as well as for the speediest ducks.

Hundreds of people attended the mall party.

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