Posted on Apr 20, 2023
The world famous Ducky Wucky River Race will be held on May 20, 2023. As always, one lucky duck will win the grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world! Tickets on sale now at
     The Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens is pleased to announce the 2023 Ducky Wucky River Race will be held on May 20, 2023. The first lucky duck to cross the finish line will win its sponsor dinner for two anywhere in the world!  
     The duck race has been the premier fundraiser for the Ayer Rotary Club for over 30 years.  To sponsor a duck, purchase a ticket from members of the Rotary Club or online at
The race will again be run following pandemic protocols with only race officials and duck wranglers in attendance.  The grand-prize winner and runner-up winners will be posted on
     The grand prize includes airfare, two nights hotel accommodations and dinner for two.  In addition to the grand prize, there are dozens of runner-up prizes including such items as sunset boat cruises, fly fishing lessons and gift certificates to local restaurants and merchants.
Here's how the race works: thousands of sponsored ducks paddle down the Nashua River from the starting line off of Still River Road in Harvard, with the winning quacker scoring its owner the grand prize. Ducky wranglers and booms ensure the ducks are retrieved for next year’s race.
     Each sponsored duck raises funds for the Rotary to support 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.
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.
     This year’s race sponsors include Alexander Advisors, The Bull Run, Gervais Ford, Main Street Bank, Nikopolous Insurance Agency, Phoenix Park, Reese’s Travel Adventures, and Robert C. Alario Certified Public Accountants, PC.
For more information about the Apple Blossom Festival and the Ducky Wucky River Race, or to find out where to purchase a duck, visit  To learn more about the Ayer Harvard Shirley Rotary Club, visit