Ducky Wucky River Race Scheduled for August 29

The Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens is pleased to announce the 2020 Ducky Wucky River Race will be held August 29 on the Nashua River in Harvard. 


The lucky duck winner will receive dinner for two, anywhere in the world. The winner has two years to book travel.  The winner is the owner of the ticket assigned to the bib number of the first rubber duck to cross the finish line.


A world-famous Rotary charity fundraiser, the Ducky Wucky River Race is traditionally run the Saturday of Mother’s Day weekend, but due to the pandemic, the event was postponed.

Like other major sporting events, the duck race will be held without fans in attendance.  Only a limited number of race officials and duck wranglers, practicing proper pandemic protocols, will be on hand for the running of the ducks.  The winners and race video will be available online at after the race.


“In these trying times, the Ducky Wucky River Race represents what is great about our community.  We always flock to support worthy causes, and the duck race helps our Rotary Club serve others in need. While we have had to make concessions dues to COVID-19, we have adapted, and we thank our supporters for remaining enthusiastic fans of both the ducks and Rotary,” said Phil Goff, president of the Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens for the 2020-21 year.


Tickets are on sale now at, and from Rotary Club members.  Tickets are $5 for a single duck, $20 for a flock, or $40 for 13 quackers, with a 50-cent charge for 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.


Up to 10,000 rubber duckies may compete in the race, but that figure  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 Rotary Club is especially grateful to the race’s corporate sponsors who have remained committed to the race and without whose support, the event would not be possible. The sponsors are Alexander Advisors, Ayer Moving and Storage, The Bull Run, Gervais Ford, Main Street Bank, Nikopolous Insurance Agency, Phoenix Park, Reese’s Travel Adventures, Robert C. Alario Certified Public Accountants, PC, Thomas E. Sears Insurance Agency, Inc., and True North Hotel Group.



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