TOP MUST SEE’S AT SUMMERTIME RIVERFEST
AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST DUCK RACE
It’s a quacking great race that could win one lucky duck a $31,000 car, a $10,000 boat thanks to Port of Brisbane or a $2000 holiday voucher!
The 2pm show stopper will be watching tens of thousands of yellow rubber ducks tipped in to the Brisbane River turning the water into a sea of yellow as they race along a 100m course in the fight against cancer. Get your race ticket.
PRADELLA RIVER STAGE
Music and entertainment will quite literally take to the water this year with the addition of the festival’s Pradella River Stage at the iconic duck race.
The River Stage will provide festival goers with a perfect way to chill out along the river banks while enjoying a Saturday session with some of Brisbane’s best local artists.
The River Stage will be a great mix of music creating infectious fun to keep you shaking your tail feathers well into the night.
DUCK INN - CHILL OUT ZONE (18+)
The Duck Inn is THE Chill Out Zone to be in. It’s sure to fit the bill with Brisbane artists gracing the stage.
ST GEORGE GONE QUACKERS KIDS ZONE
Exactly as the name suggests this is THE area for kids to hang out have fun, learn and explore.
Meet Festival Ambassadors along with some of Australia’s furry animals or pat a python with the Channel Ten’s Totally Wild Stage Show, sing and dance along with street characters, explore your inner artist and make your very own yellow rubber race duck.
There’s also face painting and zorbing which makes the kid’s zone the perfect chill-out zone for the whole family during a big quacking day out.
CELEBRITY DUCK RACE
Who doesn’t love a bit of competition between celebrities? Celebrities will take on each other to see who will be the mightiest duck of them all in the Celebrity Duck Race.
Those brave enough will embark in a giant inflatable duck on the Brisbane River and prepare for a feathery battle down a 50 metre course. Be prepared for a laugh or two as this race never disappoints!
REGATTA GOURMET STREET BITES
What would a festival be without a lane of gourmet food to tantalise your taste buds. Take a waddle down the Regatta Gourmet Street and feast on shucked oysters, Baguettes, Gourmet Skewers & Pizza.
And don’t forget something for the ducklings from sizzling sausages, fresh summer fruits and ice cream! Or to cater to those sweet tooths The Greek Club cater to your sweet tooth with Baklava, nut and honey pastry rolls and more…
WADDLE INN FREE ASCC SKIN CHECKS
Don’t be a sitting duck when it comes to your skin, make your way to this Australian Skin Cancer Centre’s tent to get your FREE SKIN CHECK, grab some free sun screen and get all the safe skin advice from this awesome team. We are all about prevention and what better way to prevent skin cancer than by ducking in to visit this team!
REGATTA DUCKS NUTS INN - (18+)
The Regatta Hotel has moved to the Summertime Riverfest for the party! To provide the perfect pew front and centre of the Pradella Riverstage to catch all of the festival’s best action!
Grab your flock a booth and relax for the afternoon or shake your tail feathers into the evening and hit the dance floor in front of the Riverstage. You’d be quackers to miss this one.
Festival attractions are subject to change and the full program is yet to be confirmed… stay tuned!
2016 10th Anniversary Recap
The 10th annual Summertime Riverfest featuring Australia’s Biggest Duck Race was a fly away success as thousands flocked to the banks of the Brisbane river at West End on Saturday 15 October to celebrate ten years of the duck race for life-saving cancer research.
From the Team Duck Race Challenge, Giant Duck Celebrity row race and of course Australia’s Biggest Duck Race it was the quackiest day on offer.
With the weather on point for a great day the crowds certainly took the challenge and enjoyed what the day had to offer, from Australia’s Biggest Duck Race to the St George Gone Quackers Kids Zone and a smorgasbord of Brisbane’s best live music performances on the Pradella Riverstage and tantalising gourmet street food from the Regatta Hotel.
AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST DUCK RACE
The highlight of the day was of course the main event where 40,000 highly trained rubber ducks each with their own number on it, battled it out over a 100m course on the Brisbane River. A few feathers were ruffled in the race towards the finish line however lucky duck number 15641 managed to wing his way across the finish line winning its owner a brand-new car. Congratulations to Alessandra from Auchenflower.
TEAM DUCK RACE RAISES OVER $40,000
Not to be outdone was the Team Duck Race with 25 teams registering to take part and over $40,000 raised for cancer research.
It was a challenge laid down early with 7 teams signing up for the motorised category each vowing to ruffle some feathers on the day. The rest of the flock decided to fly the coup with 18 teams signing up for the non-motorised race category. Prior to the race the ducks were all very cautious not to be caught with a feather out of place as security was tight around the flotilla of entrants!
Congratulations to Team TBC’s for winning the motorised team duck race with a time of 5.12 sec over 75 metres.
Well done to the non-motorised team taking home the coveted team trophy, the Spring Lake Hotel.
MEET OUR LITTLE CANCER CRUSADER
This year also saw our youngest fundraising duckling in the history of the event sign up to take part in the team duck race.
At 7 years of age Arlo Beale already has a mighty duck tale to tell and his story touched the hearts of all after hearing about his battle with cancer.
Arlo was diagnosed just before his 4th birthday with Wilms Tumour, a cancer of the kidney that typically occurs in children.
The diagnosis left his family in shock and asking why, as this was the second battle Arlo had to face in his short life – the other being a heart condition when he was a baby.
Dad Jesse said it was heartbreaking to watch Arlo go through numerous rounds of chemotherapy and radiation, which saw him in and out of hospital for almost a year.
One of the rare occasions Arlo and his family ventured out when he was undergoing treatment was to see the Duck Race. He was so excited to be there and see the ducks on the water, it was the happiest they had seen him in a long time.
It was that moment Arlo’s Dad promised him that in one year’s time they would sign up to take part in the Team Duck Race and help raise funds for cancer research.
Arlo’s Dad kept his promise and this year they entered their team “The Water Tight Ducks” to take on the flock in the team duck race.
Like ducks to water they raised an inspiring $5,300 for cancer research. Arlo is now getting his ducks in a row for next year’s big race and hoping to ruffle a few feathers along the way to being top duck in 2017!
We’d like to thank everyone who took to the water and raced on the day in support of the duck to stop cancer. You can register your interest to find out when registrations open for 2017’s Team Duck Race!
Congratulations to the top fundraisers:
Top fundraising team: Team TBC’s $10,700
Top corporate team fundraiser: Fitzy’s Tavern $3,028
NIGHT TIME ENTERTAINMENT
As the sun set on the race that quacks the nation the ducks flew back to their flock for a well-earned rest and left crowds to celebrate into the evening.
Revellers flocked to the Pradella Riverstage and got their groove on dancing to Brisbane’s best local artists from RnB sounds of CKNU, to the rockabilly tunes of the Hi-Boys through to the suave moves and catchy tunes of the Cheap Fakes, no one would have missed a beat at this party.
Thank you to everyone who supported the day from buying a ticket in the Australia’s Biggest Duck Race, registering in the Team Duck Race, buying official duck merchandise and donating to the PA Research Foundation to support the duck to stop cancer. We can’t wait to see you all again next year!
If you would like to support the duck to stop cancer don’t fluff about and donate today you might just save a life.