Festival-goers and the “lucky ones” return to downtown Hudson

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Detective Chad Crogan and community service dog Murf mingle with festival goers. (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

HUDSON — Two long-running popular 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 Annual Hudson Community Fest.

At the same time, the Hudson Rotary Club’s 30th Annual Skip Conrad Memorial Lucky Duck Race floated down the Assabet River to benefit the organization’s scholarship fund and community projects.

Festival-goers browsed the products offered by 120 vendors. Attendees also learned more about the community from representatives of 30 nonprofit organizations.

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

Meanwhile, Rotarians threw approximately 3,000 numbered toy ducks into the Assabet River from the Washington Street PFC Kenneth M. Thibault Memorial Bridge. The Ducks made it to the Broad Street Bridge finish line.

Ticket buyers of the first graduating ducks won cash prizes totaling over $3,000. A corporate duck contest gave corporate donors the opportunity to decorate or race a 15-inch decoy.

The main sponsors of Hudson Fest were Avidia Bank and Middlesex Savings Bank, as well as Country Glass Company and Hudson Rotary Club, with support from several companies.

Find out more about the Assabet Valley Chamber of Commerce on www.assabetvalleychamber.org and facebook.com/assabetvalleychamberand the Hudson Rotary Club in hudsonrotary.com and facebook.com/HudsonRotaryClub.

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