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Do you have your duck for the Ducky Wucky River Race?

Do you have your duck for the Ducky Wucky River Race?

HARVARD — The date for the famous Ducky Wucky River Race is set for May 7 and one lucky duck will win the grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world. Tickets are now available from Ayer Rotary Club members and participating ticket sellers.

The race will kick off at 4:30 p.m. — rain or shine — with up to 5,000 rubber ducks racing down the Nashua River in Harvard. The bib number on the winning duck will determine which ticket holder wins the grand prize. Past prize winners have traveled to Venice, Paris, Tokyo, Cape Town, Sydney, and Jakarta.

Tickets will also be available on the race day at the annual Apple Blossom Festival on Harvard Common. The festival is a popular family attraction featuring live music, shopping, food,children’s games and fire truck rides. The festival is held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Ducky Wucky River Race and Apple Blossom Festival are the signature fundraisers of the Ayer Rotary Club, which contributes all proceeds to charitable causes. The Club serves the Ayer, Shirley, Harvard and Devens communities.

The Ayer Rotary Club’s recent community service projects include the Ramp to Freedom project which builds handicapped ramps for housebound people in the region. The Club also annually provides scholarships to high school seniors, supports Loaves & Fishes food pantry, and numerous other worthy causes.

The Ayer Rotary Club is able to make such contributions through the outpouring of community support and the generous contributions of the event sponsors,most of whom are locations for buying Ducky Wucky tickets. The 2016 race sponsors are:

* Gervais Ford

* North Middlesex Savings Bank

* Nikopoulos Insurance

* The Bull Run Restaurant

* Ayer Moving and Storage

* Phoenix Park

* Alexander Advisors

* IC Federal Credit Union

* Thomas E. Sears Insurance Agency

* SpringHill Suites by Marriott and Deves Common Center

* Reese’s Travel Adventures, the exclusive travel agent of the Ducky Wucky River Race.

For more information on the Ducky Wucky River Race and the Apple Blossom Festival, visit

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