An Estes Park tradition
Held annually on the first Saturday every May, the Estes Park Rotary Duck Race Festival is a favorite. Locals and visitors of all ages come to the festival — and it’s been a tradition in our town since 1989. The Rotary Club of Estes Park organizes the race every year and handles everything from the finances to administration. The goal is to donate as much as possible to charities.
How the Estes Park Duck Race works
For those who want to participate in the race (and who wouldn’t) it’s 20 bucks to “adopt” a duck. ($22 if you adopt online.) Of that cost, $19 goes to the charities or groups YOU select when you adopt. The duck race raised $128,000 last year for charities, so you know your money is supporting the organizations you choose.
Why you should adopt a duck
Back to your adopted duck. It’s really a little yellow duck, and it will race down Estes Park’s Fall River on the day of the event! Besides all the fun you’ll have, there are prizes too — donated by sponsors of the event. You can see the sponsors of the Duck Race and prize information here, and keep in mind that hundreds of merchant prizes are donated every year as well.
- Where: The Duck Race starts at Nicky’s Steakhouse at 1PM and ends at George Hix Memorial Riverside Plaza
- When: Saturday. May 4, 2019 in Estes Park, CO
- How Much: You can adopt a duck for $20, or $22 if adopted online. You can adopt ducks locally at various locations including the Estes Park Visitors Center.
- There’s even more going on, including the Duck Waddle 5K. Schedule of events here.
Need a place to stay while you’re visiting Estes Park?
We know you can’t wait to see your ducks cross the finish line… but don’t let your lodging be a letdown! Windcliff Vacation Homes has a rental home perfect for your whole family, whether you’re looking for a getaway with beautiful views at the best value or the mountain luxury home of your dreams. Browse all our available Estes Park vacation rental homes or give us a call at 970-586-2181. Thank you for supporting our community and adopting a duck!