Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival

Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival

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Ducks are in the water at 1:00PM! See you at the finish line!

Adopt ducks. Get chances to win prizes. Help charities! 2021 Virtual Race Day is May 1st, 2021. Full details

About this event

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With a mixture of regret and excitement, the Estes Park Duck Race Festival Committee has decided to host a virtual experience on Saturday, May 1st instead of an in-person event. Details are being developed that will ensure the race is accessible online, entertaining for those who tune into the livestream, and rewarding for the 65 Participating Organizations that are busy selling Duck Adoptions.

Estes Park Duck Race Festival charities receive $19 of every adoption sold. The Estes Park Duck Race is held annually on the first Saturday in May. The 33rd Duck Race is scheduled to be held on May 1, 2021. The event to be held at the Lazy River is closed to the pubic continue because of Covid-19 concerns but the race will be a streamed live on the Internet to continue the tradition started in 1989 to support the local charities of the Estes Valley.

Each year, there are 60-70 non-profit groups that are selected to become the official Participating Organizations and Charities in the Duck Race Festival. The Rotary Club of Estes Park organizes the Duck Race Festival and handles all the administrative, operational, and financial aspects of the event. During the Duck Race "season," people may "adopt" little yellow ducks for the Duck Race and designate the charity of their choice to receive the proceeds of their adoptions. Prizes are awarded to the adopters of the ducks that win the Duck Race. After the race, the collected funds are distributed to the Participating Organizations and Charities on the basis of the number of duck adoptions credited to each benefitting group.

Adoption is simple

How to Adopt Ducks

1. Click the “TICKETS” button above.

2. Choose your quantity of single Duck Adoptions or Quack Packs and click “Check Out” button. Quack Pack includes 5 Duck Adoptions all to benefit one organization of your choice PLUS get a 6th Adoption (one more chance to win) FREE!

3. Put in your information.

4. For each adoption, please provide whose name we can put the adoption (great gift idea!).

5. For each adoption, choose what charity your adoption will benefit.

6. Finish your order and check your email for confirmation to keep for your records.

The Estes Park Rotary Duck Race will air live via Rocky Mountain Channel beginning at 12 p.m.

Tune in to see if your duck is a lucky one, enjoy the Pre-Flight show and the Duck Race drawing at 1 p.m.

7. Check back after Race Day to see if you won! Prize winners will be posted on this website and also will be notified by email.

Visit for full details, and you can adopt ducks through Eventbrite on this site as well.

Schedule of Events Coming soon.

Joy. . . that feeling of wonderful delight you receive when you do something for others . . . and it ends up making you feel joyful as well!

The essence of the Rotary Duck Race Festival is to support PEOPLE HELPING OTHER PEOPLE . . . 

The way it works is simple: Adopt a Duck or many Ducks.  Maybe win an awesome prize? But most importantly, help a cause that you care about.

 And consider . . . the more Duck Adoptions you purchase . . .the more JOY you spread around!

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