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The Great Canadian Beaver Race

Jill Colton, staff writer

September 26, 2010 — Heritage Park in Barrie was bustling with beavers on Saturday.

One of the many beaver statues.
One of the many beaver statues.

Kempenfelt Bay was bobbing with 10,000 plastic beavers on Saturday. Despite the rain and overcast conditions, people came out in droves to launch their red beavers, which is very much like a rubber-ducky race.

The charity event was put on by the Kempenfelt Rotary Club and the first place winner was awarded $10,000. According to the website, the festival is a celebration of being Canadian with an emphasis on the iconic beaver. The Club is hoping to make this an annual event that takes place every September.

People keeping on eye on their plastic beaver.
People keeping on eye on their plastic beaver.

For those who didn't participate in the competition, there was a variety of things to see and do, including taking a walk down 'Beaver Lane.' Exhibitors, artisans and vendors that represented the flat-tailed mammals or represented true Canadian spirit were all lined up along the lane. Poutine, maple syrup, wood carving and of course, beaver tail booths could all be found at the event.

On Friday, the festival opened with an all-ages concert, that included some popular Canadian rock bands.

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