Arguably the most colourful event at this weekend’s Great Canadian Kayak Challenge and Festival in Timmins is the Sunday afternoon duck race.

The Alzheimer Society is holding it as a fundraiser for education and support services for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Executive director Elizabeth McLeod says that at about five o’clock on Sunday, 2,500 yellow rubber ducks will be dumped off the Mattagami bridge, to float down the river towards a narrow channel that will be set up.

“The first three ducks that go through that channel are our first three winners,” McLeod explains.  “So our first prize this year is $1,500, our second is $700 and our third is $300.”

Tickets with numbers corresponding to the numbers on the ducks are $5.00 each or five for $20.00.  McLeod says they’ll be on sale at the festival.

”So as soon as everything opens up for the whole weekend, we’ll be selling ducks until we’re sold out.”