NASHUA, NH — The Rotary Club of Nashua West said ducks are still available for purchase for its fifth annual Duck Derby on Saturday.
The event is part of a day-long Duck Fest, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Renaissance Park, located at 23 Water St. The Duck Derby, a race between thousands of rubber ducks, will begin at 2 p.m.
The person whose duck finishes first will receive a prize of $2,500, second-place gets $1,000 and third-place receives $500.
Ducks cost $5 for one duck, $25 for 6 ducks, $50 for 12 ducks and $100 for 25 ducks. Ducks can be purchased online or at the event.
The proceeds from the event will benefit 40 area nonprofit organizations supported by the Rotary club, help to finance Rotary scholarships for qualified local high school seniors and allow the local Rotary club to support international humanitarian programs.
As of Friday afternoon, 6,600 ducks had been sold, raising $29,120. Event organizers said they hoped to sell 10,000 ducks by Saturday.
In addition to the Duck Derby, Saturday's event will feature a scavenger hunt and other games and activities for the kids. Plus, there will be food trucks and a beer tent. The Joe Mack Band is scheduled to perform from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
"It's our biggest fundraiser of the year and we're getting closer to reaching our goal. But we're not there yet," Matt Laliberte, president of the Rotary Club of Nashua West, told Patch on Friday. "It's also a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy some family-friendly activities and support local nonprofits at the same time."
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