Design Inc are proud to announce its association with, and sponsorship of, The Big Duck Race in 2022. This was first announced back in 2020 although delayed by the pandemic for the past two years.
For over ten years, the Big Duck Race has been the flagship event at Staines-upon-Thames Day, raising much needed funds for Surrey-based charity, Midas Plus.
The entries for the Big Duck Race has grown dramatically over the years with the last race in 2019 seeing over 100 large ducks floating down the Thames near Staines Bridge.
Not only has the number of entries grown but so has the quality of the decorations of the ducks. So much so that Design Inc & Midas Plus have got together to announce the introduction of a new award to go alongside the traditional award for the Race Winner.
Best Duck Design The new Best Duck Design Award celebrates the best of duck decoration and comes with a £500 prize for the winner. There is still a similarly valued prize for the overall winner of the race but now, even the slowest duck in the race can win a prize for taking part – so long as it is beautifully designed &/or creatively decorated (and doesn’t involve any outboard motors).
Proud “We are more than proud to welcome Design Inc as part of The Big Duck Race family” says Mike Wylie, Trustee of MidasPlus. “The great thing about the race is not necessarily the winning but rather the taking part and witnessing the spectacle of so many wonderfully designed ducks on the water. Not only is Design Inc a successful creative agency based in our town but they are also current holders of the ‘Best Business in Staines’ award. It is therefore perfect timing for them to come on board after two years of cancellations. Their sponsorship of the new Best Designed Duck Award will help provide even more incentive to make our duck race the best ever.”
Staines-upon-Thames Day The 2022 Staines-upon-Thames day will be held on Sunday 26th June and features hundreds of stalls and attractions including bands playing throughout the day, dancers, comedians, funfair, competitions, food & beer tents. And, of course, The Big Duck Race.
Starting in Two Rivers at 2pm, the big ducks race down the River Colne and into the Thames with the finishing line at the Memorial Gardens close to Staines Bridge.
Ducks cost £50 each (or £25 if you are re-entering your duck from last year) Schools & colleges pay £25 (reduced to £15 to re-enter)
Nick’sTips for Designing your duck Nick Bennett, one of the creative designers at Design Inc has put together his 5 main tips when considering the design of your duck:
– use acrylic or waterproof paint to create a masterpiece of colours, patterns and words – add glue and place jewellery, fake gems, glitter, even feathers to the duck – cut up material and style the duck with clothing, a hat or glasses – don’t forget to add some hair; a wig, moustache or beard always looks great – add attachments – turn the duck into an aeroplane, a helicopter, a double decker bus, whatever. Oh, and no outboard motors!!!