The Rotary Club of Strathalbyn Great Duck Race is a much anticipated event held annually on the second Sunday in November, with the first race in 1990. We were all disappointed that the event was cancelled in 2020 but we will make up for it in 2021. 
This event is a fun day for the whole family and is a major fundraiser for our club, with funds raised benefiting the local community in various ways.
Spend a day in beautiful Strathalbyn on Sunday 14 November 2021, enjoy the fun of the duck race in the magnificent natural setting within the Soldiers Memorial Gardens on the Angas River in the heart of Strathalbyn, which we all regard as the best park in the State.
There will be plenty of stall holders and fun events for the kids, the ever popular 'Rotary B-B-Q' and other Fleurieu foodies.
You can buy your raffle ticket which will give you a numbered duck in the race.
If you want something really special you can arrive in Strathalbyn in style by boarding the Steam Ranger in Mt Barker, arriving at the historic Strathalbyn Railway Station, with a short walk down the main street to the park.
A little history about this event. 
The Strathalbyn rotary club began the Great Duck Race in 1990 and the club is continuing the tradition in what is their major fundraising event of the year.  Funds raised by Rotary are spent in the local community.  In 1990, the Director of the Club Service Committee, Frank Clennett, was charged with the responsibility of fund-raising on behalf of the club.  Frank bought 2,000 small yellow ducks and presented the bill at the next Rotary Club meeting, and the Great Duck Race was off and flying.  For the first race, local radio station 5MU, brought their outside broadcast van and broadcast the race live.  There was also the chance to be interviewed on 5AA which is something that the club still does.  Over the years there have been many creative ways to persuade those little ducks to race down the river. In the second year of the race it took the ducks 2.5 hours to make it to the finish line,  and there have been water jets to small boats encouraging the ducks (with a few sunk along the way).
In 2018 the wind machine was introduced and now encourages the ducks down the line.  
Raffle tickets are available for the great race, with the number on your ticket matching up with the number on the bottom of a duck.
We also run the best dressed Corporate Duck with local businesses battling it out for the prize which is voted on by the public.  The Corporate Ducks also have there own race with bragging rights up for grabs.
If you would like to participate as a stall holder or in any other capacity please fill out the EOI form. 
If you are a business and would like a committee member to contact you with regard to entering a Corporate Duck please also contact us.