Safety first as this Saturday’s rubber duck race moves from Nation River to Main Street pavilion

CHESTERVILLE — Concerned over the season’s late melt and resulting strong current, the Rotary Club of Chesterville won’t be dumping 900 ducks into the South Nation River this Saturday.

Instead, the outcome of the April 13 race will be determined by the random draw of a rubber duck underneath the pavilion at the Main Street bridge. That event, involving the grandchildren of Rotariams, will take place at 1:30 p.m.

Club members conferred over the issue at their regular meeting last night and decided it just wasn’t safe enough to proceed with the Peter van Kessel Memorial Rubber Duck Race on a surging South Nation. They noted the water continues to run high and fast, and that stop logs have yet to be installed in the Chesterville Dam for the season.

The printed terms on Duck Race tickets allows for a draw in the event of inclement weather.


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