Despite Technical Difficulties, 'Canuck It Up' Deemed A Success

Some ups and downs, but Amherstburg Mayor Aldo DiCarlo says those who came out to 'Canuck It Up' loved it.

The event's main attraction, the world's largest rubber ducky, would not inflate on Saturday due to high winds and a tear in its fabric.

DiCarlo says crews worked overnight and the six-storey-tall duck was ready to greet crowds on Sunday.

Amherstburg Manager of Tourism Anne Rota says an estimated 80,000 people attended the weekend festival.

DiCarlo says residents didn't need the duck to have fun.

"For those who couldn't see it, obviously we apologize. Like all events that depend on the weather, sometimes you luck out and sometimes the weather takes over, but there was an incredible amount of things to do that day and I've heard from a lot of people who said that, despite the duck being down on Saturday, they had a really great time."

DiCarlo says all the credit goes to town staff and volunteers.

"It was an incredible amount of work and all the credit has got to go to our tourism department. We have a very limited number of people in our tourism department and how they pull off events like this, that big, and the usual huge number of volunteers we have in the Town of Amherstburg is just nothing short of amazing."

He says the event was a big boost for local businesses as well.

"When the day is coming to an end and you're hearing from the businesses that they've sold out of food and stuff like that, successful for them is an understatement I think. This was obviously the biggest weekend they've had in their existence, some of them, and that is exactly why we have events like this in the Town of Amherstburg."

DiCarlo adds, the success of events like 'Canuck It Up' help support the town's recent decision to purchase the former Duffy's Tavern with plans to convert to it a festival plaza.