HARVARD -- The Rotary Club's annual Apple Blossom Festival and internationally famous Ducky Wucky River Race on May 18 promises to be a day of family fun and offer a chance to win dinner for two anywhere in the world.

The Apple Blossom Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a new, bigger location in Harvard, on the field near the library on Massachusetts Avenue. The festival features dozens of craft vendors and live music by children's entertainer Jeff Jam and the Nashoba Valley Concert Band.

The festival is also the last chance to buy a ticket to the legendary Ducky Wucky River Race, which features a grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world. Past winners have flown to dozens of exotic locations, including South Africa, Bali and Japan, for dinner for two and a two-night stay.

The race follows the festival at 4:30 p.m. on the Nashua River, off Still River Road in Harvard. The public is encouraged to attend, but attendance is not necessary to win. For a complete list of prizes and race rules, visit duckywucky.org.

New this year, the festival will feature a tug-of-war competition and teams of eight are encouraged to sign up in advance at www.duckywucky.org, but may register the day of the event.


Both the Apple Blossom Festival and the Ducky Wucky River Race raise money for the Ayer Rotary Club, which donates the funds back to charitable endeavors in the communities of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens. The Rotary Club annually supports food pantries, high school scholarships, youth programs, the worldwide eradication of polio lead by Rotary International and many more worthy causes.

The Ayer Rotary is supported in these events by generous sponsorships from Ayer Moving and Storage, the Bull Run Restaurant, Closets by Design, David B. Alexander CPAs, Gervais Ford, IC Federal Credit Union, Nashoba Valley Medical Center, North Middlesex Savings Bank and Roux Travel.

For information, visit duckywucky.org.