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 is the largest nature-based conservation organization in New England. Founded in 1896 by two women who fought for the protection of birds, Mass Audubon carries on their legacy by focusing on the greatest challenges facing the environment today: the loss of biodiversity, inequitable access to nature, and climate change. With the help of our 140,000 members and supporters, we protect wildlife, conserve and restore resilient land, advocate for impactful environmental policies, offer nationally recognized education programs for adults and children, and provide endless opportunities to experience the outdoors at our wildlife sanctuaries. Explore, find inspiration, and take action at www.massaudubon.org.