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Apple Blossom Festival is the last chance to buy river race ducks


HARVARD — Gifts for Mother’s Day and tickets to the Ducky Wucky River Race will be two popular items for sale at Saturday’s Apple Blossom Festival on Harvard Common from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In it’s 65th year, the Rotary-sponsored festival features live music, hand-made crafts sold by artisans, and children’s games.

The festival is the last chance to adopt a rubber duck to enter the Ducky Wucky River Race with a grand prize of dinner for two anywhere in the world. The winners receive airfare for two and two nights in a hotel, plus dinner for the winner and guest (alcohol not included). Last year’s winner traveled to Hong Kong.

Duck tickets range from $5 each up to $40 for a 13-duck Box of Quackers. The tickets are matched to bib numbers on the ducks, and the first duck to cross the finish line is the winner.

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 Club is able to make such contributions through the outpouring of community support and the generous contributions of the event sponsors, many of whom are locations for buying Ducky Wucky tickets. The 2017 race sponsors are: Gervais Ford, Main Street Bank, Nikopoulos Insurance, The Bull Run Restaurant, The Lexvest Group, Ayer Moving and Storage, Alexander Advisors, IC Federal Credit Union, Thomas E. Sears Insurance Agency, SpringHill Suites by Marriott and DeveNs 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