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Lucky Duck race set for Saturday

Peterborough Lions Club members Betty Grayshan, left, and Joe Brennan add the last of 2,000 rubber ducks to the bucket of a Department of Public Works loader in preparation for the start of the 2012 Lucky Duck Race.

Peterborough Lions Club members Betty Grayshan, left, and Joe Brennan add the last of 2,000 rubber ducks to the bucket of a Department of Public Works loader in preparation for the start of the 2012 Lucky Duck Race.

Two-thousand numbered rubber ducks will be dropped into the Nubanusit River from Putnam Park on Saturday at 2 p.m. to begin the 11th Annual Lucky Duck Race.

The sponsor of the first duck over the finish line at Depot Park will win $1,000; second place will win $250; third place, $100.

The race, sponsored by the Peterborough Lions Club, benefits local charities.

Beginning at 1:30 p.m., a one-man band, Dave Galante, will play in Putnam Park as the big Lucky Duck and the big Peterborough Lion greet children of all ages. Ice cream will be available from Charlie Moore.

“The Lions Club is pleased to offer this community event,” said Marcia Patten, co-chair of the race along Jerry Ducatelli.

Club members sell tickets on Saturdays at tables located around town right up until the time of the race. Tickets will be available on race day.

First to get her ticket for this year’s race was Nancy Stewart of Peterborough, whose duck came in last in 2012. Again this year, the holder of the ticket for the last duck over the finish line will win a $5 ticket to next year’s race.

The fourth-place prize is a scenic airplane ride for as many as three people over Mount Monadnock and vicinity, courtesy of Lee and Harvey Sawyer of Silver Ranch Airpark, Jaffrey.

Other winners will be awarded gift certificates from Topnotch Tire & Auto Repair, free state inspection; Peterborough Pizza Barn, three $10 gift certificates; Joseph’s Coat, $25, and Manhattan East Hair Design Studio, shampoo, cut and style.

Winners will be announced at the finish line at Depot Park. Ticket holders do not have to be present to win.

Tickets are also available at Toadstool Bookshop, Copies & More and the town clerk’s office.

Proceeds benefit local charities, including ConVal Dollars for Scholars, Keep Peterborough Warm, Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, Peterborough Community Garden, Peterborough Food Pantry, The Place to Go, The River Center, Monadnock Community Early Learning Center, Monadnock Transitional Sheltering and Windy Row Learning Center, Peterborough Sunshine Fund and the senior lunch program.

Lions also provide free eye exams and eyeglasses for the needy.

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