The Hippo


May 31, 2020








Thousands of people gathered at the Auburn Village waterfall last year to watch the ducks. Courtesy photo.

Auburn Day and Duck Race

Where: The Auburn Village at 22 Hooksett Road, Auburn
When: Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Free
Saturday, Sept. 9
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pretty Chicken Contest
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. DJ Paul Lepine
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. NH Made vendors
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arthur Beaudarlant - wood carver
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Civil War Encampment
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Diane Vinyard  - wood turning
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Marston Pottery demonstration
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wildlife Encounters
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Roaming Railroad
11 a.m. Heel to Toe Square Dance Club
Noon Apple pie contest
12:30 p.m. Ameri-Kids
1 to 3 p.m. Cracker Jack the Clown
1 p.m. Pinkerton marching band
1 p.m. Kids blow-up duck race
2:30 p.m. Official duck race

Rubber ducks, real chickens
Auburn Day celebration returns for 25th year

By Ethan Hogan

 Rubber ducks, pretty chickens and apple pie are some of the highlights of this year’s Auburn Day and Duck Race, an event that celebrates the town and local farmers and artisans. 

The 25th Annual Auburn Day and Duck Race is being held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Auburn Village at 22 Hooksett Road. The event is hosted by the Auburn Historical Association and is its main fundraiser each year.
Morgen Connor, who grew up in Auburn and now lives in Hooksett, finds time every year to help her family organize the event. She said the duck race, with a first-place prize of $1,000, remains a highlight of the event. 
Participants buy a $5 yellow rubber duck that is labeled with a number. At 2:30 p.m. the ducks are released into the brook and the first duck to fall over the village waterfall and reach the finish line wins. With no strategy involved, Connor said anyone can win.
“The kids get really into it, and it’s really fun to watch,” she said.
Guest can increase their chances of winning if they buy quack packs for $20 and get five ducks into the race. A Kids Blow Duck Race at 1 p.m. uses inflatable ducks that take the same route and give the kids a race all to themselves.
The apple pie contest at noon is competitive every year, with winners using unique ingredients to make an impression on the judges. Last year’s second-place winner infused caramel with their recipe and the third-place winner used three types of apples and one type of orange. The pies are made by New Hampshire residents and have to be made of 60 percent apple.
The three Auburn selectmen judge the pies every year, according to Connor. The top three get handmade pottery from Salmon Falls Stoneware in Dover. After the winners are picked, the pies are cut and served for $3 a slice.
“They never have any leftovers, and it’s hard when you have to judge one against the other,” said Connor.
This year, a Pretty Chicken contest will showcase local residents’ best chickens. Guests at the event will each get one ticket to vote for their favorite chicken. The owner of the winning hen gets $30, according to the event’s website.
Sixty-five local vendors will line Hooksett Road by the village waterfall selling and giving out samples of their homemade products. Connor said she appreciates the hard work her neighbors put into their craft and is curious about what they are working on each year.
“It’s always fun to hear and taste and see what your neighbors are up to,” said Connor.
The Eaton Hill Farm beekeepers are popular every year with their homemade honey. Connor said showcasing locally made products helps celebrate Auburn’s people and the work they do.
“It adds a lot more depth and value to the event, it adds more of a personal connection to what they’re selling,” said Connor.
Hooksett Road will be closed for vendors during the all-day, outdoor event.

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