49er Rotary Celebrates 

28th Annual Duck Race on

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Note: due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Duck Race will still be held, but in person participation may be limited.

Don't miss the fun when thousands of ducks splash into the rapids of Deer Creek in the annual Gold Country Duck Race. You might win some big money... And don't worry, no ducks are harmed, as these aren't live ducks!


​The plastic ducks will race (float!) down Deer Creek at the foot of Broad Street.  The nearby Race Festival - food, drink, music and games - opens at 1 p.m. in the Century 21 Cornerstone Realty parking lot. From there, you'll have a “bird’s eye” view of the racing ducks in the creek below.  Admission is free, and you can even enjoy an adult beverage while you play DucKeno - increase your chances to win!

The preliminary races begin at 2:30 pm. The top 40 ducks in each of the five preliminary races qualify for the 5:30 pm Grand Prize Final Race.

Race entry tickets will be available at the event or you can get them in advance: 49er Rotarians and other community groups begin offering Duck Race entry tickets in early summer. Each $5 ticket is eligible for the $2,000, $1,000 and $500 final race prizes. And there are many more prizes in the preliminary races.


Proceeds from the race go directly to the many local projects of the 49er Breakfast Rotary Club. Even if you don't win a prize, you'll be making a difference in the community! Click HERE to see some of our projects.


The duck race is 49er Rotary’s annual fundraiser that over the years has raised more than $500,000 which is pumped directly back into service projects locally and around the world.


The Duck Race is the culmination of a big Nevada City weekend of Revolutionary War reenactments, the Annual Nevada City Constitution Day Parade - a tradition since 1967 - and then the Duck Race. Click HERE for more Constitution Weekend information.


 For details or tickets, talk to a 49er Rotarian.









PHOTO:  Avery Maier, 7 was the $5000 grand prize winner in the 26th Annual Gold Country Duck Race in 2017... that's Whitewater Willy on the left!


When you buy a Duck Race ticket or become a donating Sponsor, all of your dollars go directly to our projects. Matched with our hands-on service efforts and personal donations, your funds help us make a difference in the world.



Thank You 2019 SPONSORS!

SITE SPONSORS – Lance Amaral; Century 21 Cornerstone Realty

MALLARD SPONSORS – Karen and Terry Brown; QI Medical; Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management; Scinto Group, LLP; Telestream; WrightBuilt, Inc

PINTAIL SPONSORS – ABT Plumbing, Electric, Heat and Air; B&C Ace Home & Garden Center; Inventive Law, Inc; Maier Manufacturing, Inc; McDonald's Yucca Valley; Moule Paint & Glass; Ostrofe Financial Consultants, Inc; Paulette's Country Kitchen; River Valley Community Bank; SCO Planning and Engineering; Tri Counties Bank; Young's Carpet One


TEAL SPONSORS – All Phase Heating & Air; Beam Easy Living Center; Gordon Beatie; Caliber Collision; Carl P Cookson, General Contractor; CASEYWOOD; Don Adams, Antenna & Satellite; Economy Pest Control; Everguard Security Systems; Grass Valley Sign; Hills Flat Lumber; House of Print & Copy; Maven Risk Management & Insurance Brokers; McSweeney & Associates; Nevada City Engineering; Olympia Mortgage & Investment; Placer Title Company; Precision Electric; Sierra College; SPD Markets; Tripp's Auto Body


DUCKLING SPONSORS – A to Z Supply; Hooper & Weaver Mortuary; Maxwell Publishing; Mercury Cleaners; Pam Auld Network Real Estate; Papola Enterprises Network Real Estate; Peters Drilling & Pump Service; Sierra Plumbing Supply; Siteline Architecture; Volz Bros Auto



Here's where your DONATIONS go

Your donations reach quite far. Click HERE to see some of our projects.