Signature Fundraising Events

To raise money in support of our work, PWA puts on several fundraising events.

Events are wicked fun. Find out for yourself by participating in one (or all) of them this year!

Party and cruise tickets can be purchased online via our Merchandise page. For Rubber Ducky River Race tickets, call us at 207-563-2196 to pick your lucky ducky numbers.

Rubber Ducky River Race

events - rubber duckSATURDAY, JULY 14, 2018, Launch Time 3:00 p.m. +/- 15 minutes*

Since 2004, PWA has had the pleasure of hosting an annual Rubber Ducky River Race around the Independence Day holiday. Rain or shine, 700 rubber duckies are dumped into the Damariscotta River just upriver from the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge to compete for the coveted title of Champion Ducky. Each ducky is numbered, and each ticket sold corresponds to one ducky entry in the race.

*Please note the launch time is variable as it is tide dependent.

Tickets & Prizes

Tickets are 1 for $5.00 or $25.00 for a ‘6-Quack’ and are sold at the PWA office, during the Round Pond Parade on July 4, and at the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge on race day. Prizes, including $100 cash, are awarded to the top finishers, and one need not be present to win. A special Pokey Ducky Prize is bestowed to the last place finisher.

“Pemaquacky,” PWA’s 4-foot tall foam duck, serves as Pace Ducky for the race, and Darling’s Ice Cream for a Cause truck is often at the event in the parking lot next to the bridge giving away free ice cream, with 100% of donations going to PWA.

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“Pemaquacky,” PWA’s 4-foot-tall foam ducky, is the Official Pace Ducky for the race.

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Get your quack on!

The PWA Ducky Crew, led by our Chief Quack and race originator, Peter Lawrence, encourages spectators to plan ahead to join in the quacky revelry by gathering bright yellow attire and all things ‘ducky’ to bring to the race.

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Pirate Duckies

Of the 636 rubber duckies in the race, three dozen are special pirate duckies. events - pirate duckieTickets to sponsor a pirate ducky are available only on the Saturday in June of the Pirate Rendezvous, with proceeds for those race entries split with the charity the Rendezvous benefits, Lincoln County Family Holiday Wishes.

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Jan Marie Bacon, Ducky Minstrel, performs a repertoire of ducky song parodies to entertain the crowd.

Viewing the Race

The best view for the race is the finish line, which is the Damariscotta/Newcastle bridge. Spectators should plan to gather for the event prepared with patience, as the launch is contingent on the turning of the tide and may be up to 30 minutes later than the planned launch time. The distance from the launch site to the bridge is a mere 1/10th of a mile, but some times it takes the duckies a bit of time to catch the current. To keep things lively, spectators will be treated to ducky-related live music and other ducky-based antics at the bridge.

Ducky Race videos

  • Enjoy this Boston news video  that features an overview of the Ducky Race.
  • See the race in action by viewing this video of the 2013 Ducky Race. It’s all just too much fun! Come out and see for yourself this July!

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Party on the Pier, 14th Annual

Thursday, June 21, 2018  at 5 PM

Since 2004, PWA has kicked off the summer season with a Party on the Pier at The Contented Sole restaurant on Pemaquid Harbor. The event is held in June and back by popular demand will be our celebrated SILENT AUCTION! Additionally, there will be signature hors d’oeuvres, a light supper sampler, delightful desserts, and a cash bar. Live music will be provided once again by the Dam Jam Fiddlers band playing traditional music. The Party on the Pier is the major annual fundraiser for PWA and is made possible by the donation of venue, food, and waitstaff by The Contented Sole, and with financial sponsorship from H.M. Payson.

Tickets to the party can be purchased at the PWA office (584 Main St, Damariscotta), or over the phone (207-563-2196), or here online ticket.

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Puffin Sunset Cruise

Thursday, June 28, 2018, 7 – 9 pm

Our popular Puffin Sunset Cruise is back this year! Starting in 2009, PWA has hosted a cruise in June that we call our “Puffin Sunset Cruise” and after a two-year hiatus, it is back!

Sailing out of New Harbor on the Hardy Boat, we will cruise to Eastern Egg Rock and circle the island for great views of puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Weather dependent we will watch the sunset as we continue our cruise along the coast. Complimentary hors-d’oeuvres and desserts are served, and there is a cash bar (beer & wine). Bring binoculars, watch the seabirds and enjoy a lovely summer evening on the Maine coast!

The cruise departs from Shaw’s Wharf in New Harbor.  We will meet at 6:45. All vehicles must park in ballfield. Parking fee of $4.00 per vehicle. In the event of rough seas, the cruise will be rescheduled; no refunds for no-shows. FMI on directions, parking or the Hardy Boat, see

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TICKET INFORMATION: Advance sales of tickets are preferred. The seating is limited on the boat and it is often sold out prior to the event. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for children 12 years and under, children under 2 are free.

Cruise tickets are available by stopping by or calling the office, 563-2196.

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Sunset Cruise for a Cause, 13th Annual



  • enjoying the cruise

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Bi-annual Birdseed Sale – Autumn 2018

In the fall and winter, PWA offers for sale several types of birdseed: black oil sunflower seeds, sunflower “meaties,” grey stripe sunflower, melody mix, thistle seed, and high-energy suet. All proceeds benefit PWA. Attract lovely songbirds to your yard all year long, and raise money for a wonderful cause at the same time.

Autumn Order Deadline – Thursday, October 4

Autumn Order Pickup – Saturday, October 20

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