Tyne Valley rubber ducks

Rubber ducks reach the finish line in a rubber duck race held in Tyne Valley on Sunday. (Patrick Faller/CBC)

The Prince Edward Island village of Tyne Valley held an unusual race Sunday featuring bathtub toys.

Nearly 1,200 rubber ducks floated along in the local pond. Tickets went for $5 each and sold out fast. Each ticket corresponded to a duck number.

The first rubber duck to cross the finish line landed one lucky person a $1,000 prize.

"We... have a beautiful location in the pond. It's a natural for rubber ducks," says organizer Rod MacNeill.

"I can tell you by the response this year we’ll have many more rubber ducks. We ran out this year; we’ll not run out next year."

The rubber duck race is part of a fundraising effort to help support the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival, which runs each summer.

"We’ve been looking to do something unique here in the village for the kids as well as something for a good fundraiser for a couple of things that are very important to our village," MacNeill says.