49er Rotary Celebrates 

30th Annual Duck Race on

Sunday, September 19, 2021

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 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 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 - 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 on 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 2020 SPONSORS!
(There's still time to join the 2021 List!)

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



Click Here to download a Sponsor Form.

Here's where your DONATIONS go

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