The bright yellow ducks are primed ready for the big race on Sunday as part of the annual Easter River Beaches Festival, which is set to be bigger and better than ever.
Organisers are currently putting the finishing touches on the three-day festival, which kicks off on Good Friday with the Family Fun Day Out at Federation Park, a fundraiser for the Good Friday Appeal; as well as a Good Friday Seafood Night at the Barooga Hotel, the Duck Race launch at the Cobram Hotel and an acoustic beach party at Ku de Ta at Thompsons Beach from 8.30pm.
The Lions Market and an Eggtastic Easter Shopping Spree will be running on Saturday morning in the CBD, with plenty of chocolates for the kids, Easter bargains and a visit from the Easter Bunny.
The football match between cross-border rivals Cobram and Barooga will kick off from 2pm at Scott Oval, while the Bottom Pub will host the Easter Beats concert.
On Sunday, the annual duck race will be launched at 3pm near the old bridge and will sail past Thompsons Beach.
There will also be plenty of things to keep kids and families entertained from noon, including performances, a petting zoo and the sandcastle competition, food stalls, face painting, games (including sack races and egg and spoon races), children’s rides and a beach volleyball competition.
Cobram Barooga Business and Tourism Development festival organiser Nicky Goldsworthy said the festival would have something for everyone.
‘‘The sight of 2000 rubber ducks floating down the mighty Murray River is something everyone must see in their life time,’’ she said.
‘‘There will be great music with Luke Dewing, plenty of food and fun for all, good old fashioned egg and spoon races.
‘‘What better way to spend a weekend with family and friends at Australia’s largest inland beach.’’
She said there would be plenty of activities happening in the area over the Easter weekend to keep people busy, no matter what age they were.
‘‘From Easter Beats at the pub to checking out the market or relaxing on the beach, we are truly blessed to have all this in one place.’’
The winning duck’s owner receives a prize of $1000, and duck tickets will be on sale on Sunday.
●For more information, find the Easter River Beaches Festival Cobram Barooga page on Facebook.