Help the Community - Buy a Duck to Win Dinner Anywhere in the World!

The ducks are getting ready to hit the water!  Tickets are on sale now for the annual Ducky Wucky River Race presented by the Rotary Club of Ayer. The lucky duck winner of the race will receive dinner for two, anywhere in the world. The best part? The trip does not have to be planned now; the winner has two years to book travel.   


In the past, the much-anticipated Race has been held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day, but due to the COVID-19 virus, the race itself has been postponed until late summer. That’s not stopping the ducks from prepping, though. Tickets, $5 for a single duck, $20 for a flock, or $40 for 13 quackers, are on sale now at (there is a $0.50 charge on all online orders).


The race is the premier fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens. Net proceeds raised support the Rotary’s many charitable causes, including local food pantries, high school scholarships, youth sports programs, ramps for housebound individuals, dictionaries for third graders, support for local fire and police departments, and international relief efforts.


Each adopted duck bears a number that corresponds to a purchased ticket. The ducks start the race on the Nashua River, off Still River Depot Road, in Harvard, Mass.  Up to 10,000 rubber duckies compete in the race, but that number is dependent upon the number of ducks adopted (tickets sold).  Booms are set up at the finish line to direct the ducks into a funnel, so one at a time can finish the race.


The grand-prize winner has two years to book their winning trip. Past winners visited locations such as Alaska, Hawaii,  Australia and South Africa. All winners will be contacted by the Rotary Club to arrange delivery of their prizes.


The race was previously held at the conclusion of the Apple Blossom Festival, an arts and crafts event held on the Harvard Town Common. While the in-person component of the Festival has been cancelled, a virtual Apple Blossom event has been set up at  Visitors to the site can link to local artisans websites and see the beautiful hand-crafted items for sale in our community. 


“We thank our many sponsors who support this great event,” said Joan Pena, Rotary Club President. “The real winners are the charitable causes that benefit from the funds Rotary raises and spends on unmet needs in our community.”


Those unmet needs are especially apparent now, as the COVID-19 virus affects our country. For as little as $5, you can help. Adopt a duck today.

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