Duck Derby 2021

August 19, 2021
Mass Audubon's Duck Derby at Allens Pond

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Duck Derby is a fun annual event where thousands of rubber ducks—sponsored by individuals just like you—are released on an incoming tide for an epic race from Buzzards Bay into Allens Pond.

With fierce determination, they fight their way to the finish line where the first five to cross win a Grand Prize! Many other lucky ducks will claim fantastic runner-up prizes, including a special honor for the "Slacker Quacker" (the last duck to finish the race). The full list of prizes will be posted online on July 15.

Because this year marks both our 18th Duck Derby and Mass Audubon's 125th anniversary, we have some special treats in store! This beloved event supports Mass Audubon's ecological and outreach projects.

Sponsor a Duck to Enter the Race

You can purchase duck sponsorships online up until the day before the race—don't delay! Online duck sales end August 18 at 5:00 pm ET.

Buy Online >

If you have questions, don't hesitate to email us or call 508-636-2437.

Race Details & Prizes

Cheering at the Duck Derby © Kathy Bartels

The ducks will line up for a mid-afternoon start to paddle on the incoming tide from Buzzards Bay into Allens Pond. The Grand Prize winners will be announced on social media, in local newspapers, and on the Allens Pond website. You don't have to be present to win.

Watching the Race

Follow the ducks as they navigate the course! This is a staff-guided walk, as it involves crossing private property. Paid registration is required ($15/person) to join the walk and view the race progress.

Register for the Duck Derby Race Viewing >

New for 2021: Choose Your GRAND PRIZE

This year we're offering not just one but FIVE Grand Prizes! In the order their ducks finish the race, the first five winners will get to pick from the following prizes:

  • $5,000 cash
  • Dinner for 10 at the Mass Audubon wildlife sanctuary of your choice
  • Osprey Adventure with overnight accommodation (1 night) local to Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary, a picnic breakfast, & an Osprey Boat Tour with one of our biologists
  • Native Planting Consultation for a location of your choice (a yard, neighborhood block, local park, etc.) with design plan and plants included
  • Animal Encounter at one of Mass Audubon’s wildlife sanctuaries

→ Please read the Duck Derby Official Rules for more information about winner selection, prize claims, and event regulations. 

Summer Celebration at Allens Pond

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Save the date! We'll be hosting a series of walks, educational programs, a silent auction, and more at Allens Pond the Saturday prior to the race.

More information to come.

2021 Event Sponsors

Many thanks to this year's Grand Prize Sponsors. Because of their generosity, 100% of all duck sponsorships will directly support Mass Audubon's ecological and outreach projects. Please consider supporting these local businesses and let them know you appreciate their support of Mass Audubon!

→ Interested in becoming a Duck Derby Event Sponsor? View our list of sponsor benefits and contact Carrie Sweigart by email for more information.

Grand Prize Sponsors

The Bayside Restaurant Sylvan Nursery Inc.

Supporting Sponsors