AYER -- —The winner of the 2019 Ducky Wucky River Race and the grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world is Walter Forest of Ayer. Forest adopted the rubber ducky Tina 2, who beat about 5,500 competitors.
The race is the premier fundraiser of the Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirely and Devens which uses all the money raised to support charitable causes. In addition to the grand prize, 24 runner up prize winners from the May 11 race on the Nashua River in Harvard are listed on www.duckywucky.org.
The grand prize winner has one year to book his travel which can include the exotic locations selected by past winners, such as Indonesia, Japan, Australia and South Africa. All winners will be contacted by the Rotary Club to arrange delivery of their prizes.
"The Rotary Club congratulates Walter and all our prize winners, and we thank everyone who sponsored a duck in this year's race and contributed to Rotary's community service work," said Patricia Thorpe, the 2018-2019 president of the Rotary Club of Ayer, Harvard, Shirley and Devens. "We also thank our many sponsors who support this great event. The real winners are the charitable causes that will benefit from the funds Rotary raises and spends on unmet needs in our community."
Proceeds from the race benefit the Rotary's many charitable causes, including local food pantries, high school scholarships, youth sports programs, ramps for housebound individuals, dictionaries for third graders and international relief efforts.
This year's race sponsors include, Gervais Ford, Main Street Bank , Nikopoulos Insurance, The Bull Run Restaurant, The Lexvest Group, Ayer Moving and Storage, Alexander Advisors, Thomas E. Sears Insurance Agency, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Devens Common Center, Devens Common Center, Reese's Travel Adventures, the exclusive travel agent of the Ducky Wucky River Race.
The Ducky Wucky River Race was the finale on a day of fun, family events sponsored by the Rotary Club. Earlier in the day, the public enjoyed food, music and shopping at arts and craft vendors at the annual Apple Blossom Festival on Harvard Common.