Festivalgoers and ‘lucky ducks’ return to downtown Hudson

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Detective Chad Crogan and community resource dog Murf mingle with festivalgoers. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

HUDSON – Two popular long-running events returned to downtown Hudson on Saturday after a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions.

The Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce once again celebrated community, culture and commerce on South Street with its 34th Hudson Community Fest.

Concurrently, the Hudson Rotary Club’s 30th Skip Conrad Memorial Lucky Duck Race floated along the Assabet River to benefit the organization’s scholarship fund and community projects.

Festivalgoers browsed goods offered by 120 vendors. Attendees also learned more about the community from representatives of 30 nonprofits.

Nine musical acts provided live entertainment on two stages. Appetites were satisfied by food trucks as well as Horseshoe Pub & Restaurant.

Meanwhile, Rotarians dumped about 3,000 numbered toy ducks into the Assabet River from Washington Street’s PFC Kenneth M. Thibault Memorial Bridge. Ducks traveled to the Broad Street Bridge finish line.

Ticket buyers of the first few finishing ducks won cash prizes totaling over $3,000. A corporate duck competition gave business donors the option to decorate or race a 15-inch decoy.

Hudson Fest’s major sponsors were Avidia Bank and Middlesex Savings Bank along with Country Glass Company and Hudson Rotary Club, with support from several businesses.

Learn more about the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce at assabetvalleychamber.org and facebook.com/assabetvalleychamber, and the Hudson Rotary Club at hudsonrotary.com and facebook.com/HudsonRotaryClub.

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