Badeendjesrace! (Rubber duck race)

We drove yesterday afternoon to Akkrum, a quaint little village in the Friesland province of The Netherlands, to see a Rijksmonument – “Coopersburg”.
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It is a beautiful river-side building with large gardens in the back and front and a little pond in the front.
It was built in 1900 for the poor senior citizens (tehuis) with five houses on each side, separated by a central hall.
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In the honour of Frank Cooper, a successful American businessman who commissioned the building, a mausoleum was built in the backyard in the later years. His wife’s remains rest there too.

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While we took a leisurely stroll in the narrow streets, were pleasantly surprised to see a classic truck rally with trucks driving all the way from Germany! (Ha!) into this little village!

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The highlight of the day however, was the ‘Badeendjesrace’ (rubber duck race), which I had never seen or heard of before!
It is a popular fund-raising event in the UK, USA and Germany, apparently.
The Dutch version is a rather low-profile one, but high on fun!
The winner takes home a golden “rubber duck” after several rounds!
Watching adults go nuts over rubber ducks was an extremely fun sight! 😀
Here are some glimpses of the event:

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A large firetruck with 4 to 5 firemen is required.

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Testing the pressure of hoses is properly done to make sure the ducks reach the goal right on time!

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A live band to cheer the yellow rubber swimmers and the audience!

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About 3000 registered rubber ducks are released into the canal, 750 at a time.

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An eagerly waiting audience of all ages to see their favourite duck reach the goal first.

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Ducks swimming under a lot of pressure and still looking very calm and composed.

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A Badass eendje struck a pose before he was quickly pushed away!

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The first ones to reach the goal!

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There is always one that goes its own way 🙂

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A professional “rubber ducker” scooping them out for the next round.

 

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