This past weekend's duck races in MacGregor raised $2,400 in support of the local fire department.

MacGregor Fire Department Fire Chief Chris Leckie says seeing the community come together on Saturday was outstanding.

"We always have such a huge support from the surrounding area, and it gets these people out for something as good as watching some ducks go down the creek."

Leckie and a few of his fellow firefighters were at the event at the MacGregor Hotel. The Fire Chief says Manitoba's drought conditions forced the department to use its hoses in order to to fill up the creek to get the races off and floating.

"We helped out and made it work out for everybody. We still battled the lack of moisture, and the wind was a factor this year, but we got them (the ducks) where they needed to go."

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He adds the money raised will go toward new equipment for the department.

"It's a huge help, and we're very thankful."

Leckie notes that the fire department and crew members appreciate Nelson and Jill from the MacGregor Hotel for helping host the races.