Mass Audubon's Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary Duck Derby Winner will Dine Anywhere in the World!
Michael P. O'Connor
DARTMOUTH, MA—Mass Audubon’s ninth-annual Duck Derby at Allens Pond Wildlife Sanctuary doesn’t take place until August 17-18—but the anticipation and participation have been growing for weeks.
Why all the excitement about a race that features a field of rubber yellow ducks floating down a tidal inlet from Buzzards Bay into Allens Pond, the winner determined totally by chance? (Hint: There were more than 5,500 entries last year.)
Because the Grand Prize is dinner for two, air travel, and two night’s accommodation anywhere in the world! Not bad for an entry fee of $10. That’s 10 bucks to back one duck, $40 for five, and $100 for a baker’s dozen of 13 “quackers.”
And participants are guaranteed a chance at 49 other great prizes, including a $250 shopping spree at Lees Supermarket, another $250 to spend at Sylvan Nursery, and a foursome of golf at the Allendale Country Club, to name a few. Even the last duck in, the beloved “Slacker Quacker,” gets a free entry to the 2013 Duck Derby.
Past winners have flown to the four corners of the earth— last year’s champion visited Iguazu Falls in Argentina; others have flown to Aruba, New Zealand, and Zambia, with China, India, and France also among the international dining destinations.
“The Duck Derby has become a remarkable event, truly fun and exciting for everyone who attends or participates,” South Coast Sanctuaries Director Gina Purtell said. "It's a great fundraiser for Allens Pond and Mass Audubon. We’ve had whole families cluster around our large video replay screen, watching the drama unfold.”
This year, because of the tide schedules (an incoming tide is required), the race takes place Friday evening the 17th at 6 pm, with a full slate of more fun activities set for the Duck Derby Festival on Saturday the 18th.
That morning, the “Ducky Dash 5K” takes place at 8 am, followed by the “Kids Totally Quackers” Obstacle Course at 9:15. Those who register for both events prior to August 17th receive a Duck Derby entry along with their 5k and/or Obstacle Course entry fee!
People can register for both of these events at www.active.com, at the Sanctuary Field Station, located at 1280 Horseneck Road in Westport, MA or by picking up entry forms at the Bayside Restaurant or Sylvan Nursery, also located on Horseneck Road.
They can even join the race by adopting ducks online. Entries make great gifts!
The Duck Derby Festival runs from 10 am to 2 pm. The celebration will feature barbecue, other food and drink, exhibits and games. Attendees will also enjoy live music featuring Neal McCarthy & Friends, a plant auction, and a silent auction. The festival culminates with the announcement of winners, including the Grand Prize winner.
For more information or to enter the Derby, visit www.massaudubon.org/allenspond.
Mass Audubon protects more than 38,000 acres of land throughout Massachusetts, saving birds and other wildlife, and making nature accessible to all. As Massachusetts' largest nature conservation nonprofit, we welcome more than a half million visitors a year to our wildlife sanctuaries and 20 nature centers. From inspiring hilltop views to breathtaking coastal landscapes, serene woods, and working farms, we believe in protecting our state's natural treasures for wildlife and for all people's vision shared in 1896 by our founders, two extraordinary Boston women.
Today, Mass Audubon is a nationally recognized environmental education leader, offering thousands of camp, school, and adult programs that get over 225,000 kids and adults outdoors every year. With more than 135,000 members and supporters, we advocate on Beacon Hill and beyond, and conduct conservation research to preserve the natural heritage of our beautiful state for today's and future generations. We welcome you to explore a nearby sanctuary, find inspiration, and get involved. Learn how at www.massaudubon.org.