Quack, quack! Are you up for a road-trip adventure of food, fun, and fast ducks?

After a one-year pandemic pause The Great American Duck Race in Deming, New Mexico makes a comeback this weekend.

The family-friendly event is celebrating its 43rd Anniversary this year in its typical fun-loving fashion: a daily carnival, a parade, hot air balloons, live music, and of course, the famous duck races for which the festival is named after.

Among the wacky and fun activities El Pasoans who make the roughly one-and-a-half-hour drive will be treated to include the Great American Tortilla Toss, and the Great American Outhouse Race.

Here’s what else quackers who flock to Deming for the New Mexico summer tradition can experience:

Hot Air Balloons

Great American Duck Race Facebook
Great American Duck Race Facebook

The Great American Duck Rack combines live music, food vendors, and family-friendly activities with the beauty of colorfully painted hot air balloons.

Early Saturday and Sunday morning, dozens of muti-colored, lighter than air balloon will take flight in a mass ascension from the Deming Soccer Field, weather permitting.

Saturday night, the same location will be the site of a beautiful, Instagram-worthy hot air balloon night glow featuring beautifully lit tethered hot air balloons.

Tournament of Ducks Parade

Decorated floats, cars, trucks, bikes, and tractors will glide through downtown Deming Saturday at 10 a.m. as part of a good old-fashioned parade. Beauty queens, dignitaries, and people in duck costumes are sure to waddle along

Duck Races

New Mexico True Facebook
New Mexico True Facebook

Hundreds of speedy ducks will race for cash prizes over the weekend.

Daytime and evening duck races begin Saturday at noon and wrap up Sunday, August 28, around 3 p.m. at the Luna County Courthouse Park.

Dates, Times, More Info

• August 26-28, 2022
• McKinley Duck Downs, Courthouse Park, Deming, New Mexico

A schedule of daily events can be found on the web (Hi-Yo! See what I did there?) at demingduckrace.com.

Driving Directions

Deming is approximately 102 miles from El Paso via I-10 west.

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