Duck Derby 2023

August 25, 2023
Mass Audubon's Duck Derby at Allens Pond

Friday, August 25, 2023

Duck Derby is a fun, community 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 duck to cross wins a Grand Prize! There will also be winning prizes of a Mass Audubon family membership, Mass Audubon Swag bag and of course the special honor for the "Slacker Quacker" (the last duck to finish the race). 

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 Thursday, August 24, at 11:55 pm ET.

Buy Online >

If you have questions, don't hesitate to email us.

This beloved event supports Mass Audubon's ecological and outreach projects.

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 at the race or any race-related events 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 ($20/person) to join the walk and view the race progress.

Register for the Duck Derby Race Viewing >


  • The first duck to cross the finish line will receive a $5,000 cash prize!

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