ONE of the Yorkshire Dales’ most colourful and entertaining competitions returns on Saturday 15 July as organisers prepare for the much-anticipated Ingleton Village Duck Race.
The annual event, which forms part of the Ingleton Gala, will see 3000 distinctive ducklings jostle for the finish line, cheered on by an enthusiastic crowd of supporters all competing for a podium prize.
This year’s hotly contested event is being organised by Skipton-based charity The Principle Trust which provides respite holidays for children who are underprivileged, disadvantaged, disabled, have life-limiting conditions, or who have experienced poverty, trauma or abuse.
The 3000-strong flotilla will be released into the River Doe behind Ingleton Swimming Pool by Gala Queen, Kathryn Robinson, before navigating its way to the finish line 100 metres downstream. Race officials from The Principle Trust will be on hand to ensure there is no ‘fowl’ play.
Tickets cost £2 per duck and are available on the day and in advance at the following pre-race sale:
Saturday 8 July from 11am outside Sweet Petite, Ingleton.
The winner will scoop £100 in cash, with further prizes up for grabs including £50 and £25 for second and third place. Winners will be contacted on the day or immediately afterwards. All proceeds will be split between The Principle Trust and Ingleton Rural Community Association, which provides funding for facilities to benefit the residents of Ingleton and surrounding areas.
Other activities at the Gala include a fancy dress competition and brass-band-led parade, arena events including science madness, children’s races, egg throwing championships and the highly competitive Ingleborough Mountain Race.
Principle Trust Events Manager Kerry Magson commented:
“We’re delighted to be hosting this year’s Ingleton Gala Duck Race and are looking forward to a day of family fun. Each duck has been given a clean bill of health and every ticket purchased will help us to support disadvantaged and poorly children across Yorkshire.”
For more information, please visit: www.theprincipletrust.co.uk.