The 2016 Estes Park Rotary Duck Race will keep visitors entertained from early morning until late afternoon in so many places that it will be impossible to miss the fun. The 28th annual event on Saturday, May 7, raises funds for sixty-four Estes Valley charities. The beneficiaries receive $19 from every $20 adoption form they sell. Hundreds of prizes will be offered including $12,000 in travel awards. Winners do not need to be present. Visit epduckrace.org for online adoption and event information.
Most Duck Race events are free of charge. Here’s a recap of the entertainers and activities in Estes Park on Saturday, May 7.
Bond Park (Elkhorn Avenue, Downtown Estes Park)
8 – 10 a.m. Pancake Breakfast sponsored Longs Peak Rotary Foundation and Kiwanis Club. Pancakes, sausage, juice or coffee for $5 per person.
9 a.m. Duck Waddle 5K foot race departs from Bond Park and follows a route that features views of the Fall River and Rocky Mountain National Park, finishing at Bond Park. Register online at epmarathon.org. Cost $25/adult and $23/seniors includes a duck adoption; $23/youth. All registrants get a race shirt. Fee increases by $5 after May 2.
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Beer garden, food vendors, photo booth, live music, and interactive games sponsored by 15 Duck Race charities
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Shake Your Tail Feather Music
10 a.m. Steve Smersh
11 a.m. Will Thomas
12 p.m. Ran Off the Rooster
1 p.m. Brad Fitch
2 p.m. Bayou Folk
10 a.m. Duck Hunt. Pick up a game page at Bond Park, visit twenty listed businesses, find the hidden duck at each and collect a sticker. Return the game page by 2 p.m. to Bond Park for a prize drawing. Sponsor: Downtown Business Partners.
10 a.m. – noon. Duck cartoons showing at the Reel Mountain Theater (543 Big Thompson Ave.). Give your feet a break and quack up with cartoons!
Nicky’s Steakhouse (1350 Fall River Rd.)
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Retail sales of duck-themed treasures
11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. music by Riverside Ramblers
11 a.m. Duck Squat raffle sponsored by the Estes Park Rotary Foundation
11:30 a.m. Lucky, the Duck Race mascot, arrives in the famous yellow Jeep
12 p.m. Estes Park Singers
12:30 p.m. Duck adoption sales close at Nicky’s
1 p.m. ducks drop into the Fall River to begin their race
George Hix Memorial Riverside Plaza (Riverwalk, behind businesses on East Elkhorn Ave.)
11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Highland Brass Quintet
1 – 2:45 p.m. Great Blue
1 – 3 p.m. Sales of fabulous duck-themed treasures
1 p.m. Duck Squat raffle sponsored by the Estes Park Rotary Foundation
3- 5 p.m. Ran Off the Rooster
12-4 p.m. Face Painting
1-4 p.m. Balloon artist, Caricature artist, Estes Park Band Boosters
1-2:30 p.m. Special appearance by Bruiser the Big Dog
When the ducks waddle in, prizes will be listed on large boards outside The Wheel Bar.
Adopt ducks on Race Day 10 a. m. - noon at: Bond Park, Visitor Center, Macdonald Bookshop, Inkwell and Brew. Sales at Nicky’s close at 12:30 p.m.
9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Town of Estes Park will provide shuttle service to/from several locations, including Nicky’s for the start of the race. Go to https://www.colorado.gov/townofestespark/shuttles for the schedule.