Rotary Duck Race returns to Nevada City in September |

Rotary Duck Race returns to Nevada City in September

49er Rotarian Andrew Wright kneels in the water to photograph the start of last year’s Gold Country Duck Race.
Submitted by Dave Carter |

Several thousand toy ducks will ride the rapids of Deer Creek on Sunday, Sept. 13, as the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club of Nevada City hosts its 24th Annual Gold Country Duck Race.

Rotarians and other community groups are now distributing 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 also will be awarded.

The Mardi Gras-themed duck race will be held on Deer Creek at the foot of Broad Street, with activities centered in the Century 21 Cornerstone Realty parking lot. Admission is free. Entry tickets will be available at the event.

The carnival, with food and drink, including Hurricanes and Jambalaya; and fun and games for kids, opens at 1 p.m. Duck racing begins at 2:30 p.m. and follows the conclusion of Nevada City’s 49th Annual Constitution Day Parade. There are five elimination races followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Grand Prize Final.

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 details, see a 49er Rotarian or go to

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