Have you bought your duck?

Get your tickets for the Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty Duck Race; ducks in the water July 1

Ducks go into Mark Creek at noon on Canada Day.

Ducks go into Mark Creek at noon on Canada Day.

The Annual Royal LePage East Kootenay Realty Duck Race, one of the major fundraisers for the Kimberley Helping Hands Food Bank, is just over a week away.

Ducks go in the water around noon on July 1 and the annual barbecue at the finish line (Civic Centre parking lot) begins at 11:30 a.m. with Mayor Don McCormick providing M.C. services once again.

Food Bank directors hope to raise $20,000 this year.

In the past five years, support has been tremendous and tickets have sold out before the race. But there is still time to buy yours. Food Bank Directors Stan Salikin and Cath Oscarson will be putting on a final ticket push, so watch for them around town. Tickets are also available a local businesses in Kimberley and Marysville.

Prizes this year are 1st prize) $2500 cash, courtesy of Audrey Welk and Marilyn Jolie; 2nd prize) two nights accommodation in a three bedroom condo courtesy of Kimberley Lodging Company ($700 value), The Feast for Four from Old Bauernhaus, and four rounds of golf with two carts compliments of Trickle Creek Golf Resort ($356 value). 3rd prize) $250 cash compliments of Meadowbrook Greenhouses. 4th prize) two rounds of golf from Bootleg Gap Golf Course and two rounds of golf with cart compliments of Kimberley Golf Course.

In addition to the generous business prize donations, Mark Creek Market provides hot dogs and buns for the barbecue and Kimberley Sausage and Meats provides the pulled pork.

Need for the Food Bank continues in Kimberley and food donations are down at the moment. In the month of May, 72 hampers were given out.