wwjarchitecture Duck Race expands into wider community event

The innagual Fun in the Park is coming to Centennial Park on June 1
South Cariboo Pickleball Association members Pam Makortoff (left), Phillipa Mahon, Marge Mitchell and Pat Anderson dumped 1,000 rubber ducks into Bridge Creek on Saturday, June 3, 2023. (Patrick Davies photo - wwjarchitecture)

On Saturday, June 1 the South Cariboo Pickleball Association (SCPA) will be hosting the inaugural Fun in the Park.

The community event is being built around the popular wwjarchitecture Duck Race, which the SCPA took over last year. Pam Makortoff, the SCPA’s secretary and Fun in the Park’s coordinator, said they had a lot of fun running it last year but found that the race was a little short.

“It was a great day, people came out to watch it, there were lots of kids and it was over in five minutes,” Makortoff observed. “We talked about it a bit and said we should be doing more than just the duck race.”

As they considered how to enhance the event Makortoff said Donna Barnett, president of the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce, put them in contact with other groups looking to organize their own events this summer. Barnett suggested they combine their various events into one and so Fun in the Park was born.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 1 the SCPA and several other community organizations will be running various activities geared towards families and children. This includes a pair of bouncy castles from Mile High Bounce, face painting and a go-fish game organized by the Canadian Mental Health Association and South Cariboo Health Foundation, free hot dogs and juice for kids from 100 Mile Fire Rescue, music from New Age Entertainment, the Junior Firefighter Challenge and a story walk put together by the Cariboo Chilcotin Partners for Literacy. Molly’s Fish and Chips and 100 Miles from Mumbai will also be on-site to provide food for parents.

“The fire department has invited the paramedics and South Cariboo Search and Rescue. I’m not sure what they’re going to be offering but I’m hoping an information table,” Makortoff said, noting several of the groups in attendance will do the same.

At 1 p.m. Makortoff said they’ll take a brief break from the festivities to hold the Duck Race. They’ll be dumping 1,000 numbered ducks into Bridge Creek with the owner of the winning ducks receiving cash prizes. All funds raised from the duck race will go towards the SCPA, which plans to build an outdoor pickleball court in the 108 Mile Ranch in the coming years, pending approval.

Those looking to try their luck at buying a duck are welcome to purchase tickets corresponding to each duck for $5 each from either members of the SCPA like Makortoff, at Donex Pharmacy & Dept. Store, the Lac La Hache Bakery or at the South Cariboo Chamber of Commerce office.

“My hope is it will be a really good event for kids and families in Centennial Park and it’s something other groups will see and maybe expand on even more,” Makortoff said. “I’m hoping it gets even bigger and better.”

Patrick Davies

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