Rotary Club’s Duck Derby on tap Oct. 13

NASHUA – The Rotary Club of Nashua West is set to unleash a whole lot of rubber ducks on the Nashua River.

On Oct. 13, thousands of rubber ducks will be dumped into the river, christening the first Nashua Duck Derby, something organizers said they hope will become an annual event.

More than a dozen local organizations, including The Telegraph, are sponsoring the event to help fundraise for more than 40 local charities.

Area residents and rubber duck aficionados also are doing their part to help the charitable organizations by purchasing the ducks participating in the race. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first three ducks across the finish line near Main Street.

The event marks the first rubber duck race in Nashua since the Nashua Boys’ and Girls’ Club sponsored a race in the 1990s. Rotary Club of Nashua West President Kim Reagan says much of the excitement about this year’s race stems from that sense of nostalgia.

“I can’t tell you how many people I’ve talked to who’ve told me ‘I used to

remember when I was a little kid we used to come downtown and watch them dump the ducks,’” she said. “It’s bringing back a little bit of history. We’re excited to see that people are excited to see it come back.”

Ducks have been on sale at the Nashua Farmers’ Market for several weeks and also will be available on race day at Le Park De Notre Renaissance Française until noon, two hours before the beginning of the race.

One duck costs $5, a “six quack” costs $25, a “quacker’s dozen” costs $50, while a “flock” of 25 ducks costs $100.

Winners need not be on hand to receive their prizes, and ducks also may be purchased at the event’s website,