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49er Rotary to hold Duck Race on Sept. 10
Some lucky duck will win $5,000 at Nevada City event
Several thousand racing ducks spash into the rapids of Deer Creek on Sunday, Sept. 10, as the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City presents its 26th Annual Gold Country Duck Race.

The Duck Race culminates a big Nevada City weekend that includes Revolutionary War re-enactments in Pioneer Park Saturday and Sunday and the 51st Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade through the downtown historic district at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Rotarians and other community groups are now distributing Duck Race entry tickets. A $5 donation allows holders to compete for a $5,000 grand prize, $1,000 second prize and $500 third prize. Many other prizes will be awarded.

The duck race is centered along Deer Creek at the foot of Broad Street. The Race Festival with food, drink, music and games opens at 1 p.m. in the Century 21 Cornerstone Realty parking lot, which offers a “bird’s-eye” view of the racing ducks in the creek below. Admission is free. Entry tickets will be available at the event.

The toy duck competition begins at 2:30 p.m. The top 40 ducks in each of five preliminary races qualify for the 5:30 p.m. Grand Prize Final.

2017 Ducktator (race director) Kevin Cookson said proceeds from the race go directly to local and international Rotary projects, including the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. “Matched with our hands-on efforts and personal donations, your funds help us make a difference here and in the world,” he said.

The duck race is 49er Rotary’s largest annual fundraiser and benefits many youth and community groups. Over the years, 49er Rotary has raised more than $500,000 to benefit local and international service projects.

For more information, see a 49er Rotarian or visit 49erRotary.org.

The Rotary Duck Catching Crew at the 2016 race in Nevada City.