49er Rotary Celebrated 

30th Annual Duck Race on

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Visit our Facebook page to watch our online-only event in 2021

Although it was all virtual in 2021 for attendees, it was still tons of fun when thousands of ducks splashed into the rapids of Deer Creek in the annual Gold Country Duck Race. Some folks won some big money... And don't worry, no ducks are harmed, as these aren't live ducks!


​The plastic ducks race (float!) down Deer Creek at the foot of Broad Street.  The nearby Race Festival - food, drink, music and games - opens at noon 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 - increasing your chances to win!

The preliminary races begin at noon. The top 40 ducks in each of the four preliminary races qualify for the Grand Prize Final Race around 3:30 pm.

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 $2,500, $1,000 and $500 final race prizes. And there are many more prizes awarded in each of 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. This 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 - you can always find them at the local summer celebrations in Nevada City (Wednesday nights) and Grass Valley (Thursday nights) or at the SPD Markets (Saturday mornings in August).









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 Sponsor, all of your dollars go directly to our projects. Matched with our hands-on service efforts and member donations, your funds really do make a difference in the world... To date, the Duck Race has raised $860,000!



Thank You 2021 SPONSORS!

AirMedCare Network/CALSTAR/REACH

Autometrix Inc

B&C Ace Home and Garden Center

Beam Center

BT Consulting

California Solar Electric Company

Century 21 Cornerstone Realty

Commonwealth Financial Network

Dokimos Pharmacy

Don Adams Antenna Satellite Services

Grass Valley Sign

Hola Tortilla

Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, Inc.

InterWest Insurance Services, LLC

Maierwerx LLC

Marsha Burch

Marty and Kathleen Lombardi

Mike Bratton State Farm Insurance

Nevada City Engineering, Inc.

Northwestern Mutual Private Client Group

Paul Law Realty

Plaza Tire and Auto Service

Precision Electric

QI Medical

Rolly’s Body Shop

Russell H. Wilder

SCO Planning & Engineering, Inc

Sierra College

Siteline Architecture

The Dental Wellness Center of Grass Valley

Tri Counties Bank

Tripp’s Auto Body

YubaDocs Urgent Care



Watch this space for the 2022 Sponsor Form...

Here's where your DONATIONS go

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