Duck festival fun at Ballater

The duck race on the River Dee was the highlight of the day.
The duck race on the River Dee was the highlight of the day.

Organisers of Ballater’s first duck festival are hailing the success of the event.

The fun event was held recently as villagers continue to put the memories of the devastating flooding at the end of last year behind them.

Visitors had to endure a heavy downpour at one stage of the day but it did little to dampen the spirits.

The organising team had been working on the festival programme since January with enthusiastic support from Rotarians and local businesses.

A spokesman said: “Despite a downpour in mid-afternoon, there was an excellent turnout and everyone had a great day.”

There were more than 40 stalls on the village green and in the Victoria Hall, with a bouncy castle and pony rides to entertain the youngsters.

Stallholders were busy selling a variety of items including home-bakes, jewellery, handbags and purses, cushions, crafts and gifts to name but a few.

Ballater and District Pipe Band played twice but the main event was the duck race on the Dee in mid-afternoon which involved 10 giant inflatable ducks racing down the River Dee to the bridge.

The race attracted a large number of spectators who lined various vantage points along the way to watch the entertainment.

One said: “After such a difficult year it was great to see everyone having such fun.

“The organisers deserve praise for putting on the event.

“Hopefully it will become an annual one.”

There was a strong hint afterwards that the festival could become a regular event on the local calendar.

A spokesman said: “Will this extravaganza be repeated next year?

“Watch this space.”