PEPPERELL — The 9th annual Pepperell Business Association Duck Race has been postponed again to this Sunday, June 23, due to a second weekend in a row of elevated water levels in the Nissitissit River.
PBA President Derek Ten Broeck said he is optimistic that the water level will be low enough by the weekend to hold the race this Sunday.
“The water level in the Nissitissit tends to come down pretty quickly, and we’re not anticipated to get much more rain through the end of the week,” Ten Broeck said.
As of Tuesday, about $5,000 worth of tickets had been sold. About $2,000 of that was sold in the last two weeks, since the original planned date of the race on June 9.
“The advantage of the delay is that we’ve sold so many more tickets, and I think we’re going to be able to sell a lot more,” Ten Broeck said.
Ten Broeck said he is hoping to raise somewhere between $6,000 and $7,000, so that the PBA can give away at least $5,000 in scholarships after the prize money is presented.
The race starts at the Hollis Street bridge over the Nissitissit River and goes to the Shattuck Oil on Groton Street. The person whose ticket corresponds to the winning duck will receive a grand prize of $1,000. Second-place will receive $200, third-place will receive $100 and fourth-place will be given a large pizza from C & S Pizza.
The remainder of the money will be used scholarships for seniors from North Middlesex Regional High School and Nashoba Valley Technical High School. Scholarship recipients are chosen by the schools, and are based on a combination of factors, including need and merit.
Tickets cost $5 for one or $20 for five, and will be available from several local businesses until race day, including Ten Broeck Insurance Group, Pepperell Family Pharmacy, North Middlesex Savings Bank, C.W. Lorden Real Estate and Pepperell Music Center. Tickets will also be sold at Shattuck Oil on the day of the race.
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