Dry Track - Lucia Cervantes (pictured on the left) from El Paso, TX
Wet Track - Nicole Jasso (pictured on the right) from Deming, NM
Each of the winners of the Great American Duck Race won $1,420 for the 2019 Duck Races!
Dry Track - Lucia Cervantes (pictured on the left) from El Paso, TX
Wet Track - Nicole Jasso (pictured on the right) from Deming, NM
“Racing through the Stars” is already racing through the internet space as the 2019 theme and official logo is kicked off with excitement and collaboration with many events that share the “space” theme in 2019.
This year’s theme was the work of Jerran Duty. This year’s logo features a space duck blasting through the galaxy and racing through the stars.
The theme and logo will be seen throughout this year’s festivities, and will be used for the theme for judging the Duck Royalty Pageant and the Tournament of Ducks Parade that take place during the weekend’s events.
The 40th Annual Great American Duck Race will be held August 22nd -25th, 2019 at Courthouse Park in Deming, NM.
For more information on vendors, activities and events, please go our website: www.demingduckrace.com or contact the Deming Visitor Center 575-567-1962.
DEMING – The Great American Duck Royalty Pageant is not your typical beauty pageant, according to pageant coordinator Amanda Mauldin-Barnes. “It’s more of a community show that showcases some very talented and creative people,” she said. “People want to come out and see how creative the costumes and skits are each year.”
The pageant is the signature kick-off event for the 38th annual Great American Duck Race weekend, Aug. 24-27 in Deming. This year’s theme is “Race the Rails,” a tribute to the history of Deming as a “Tank Town” when the railroad came through in the late 1800s.
“I expect to see a lot of trains, whistles and engineers this year,” Mauldin-Barnes quipped.
Yoya’s Bar and Grill is the chief sponsor for the event which will get underway at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Voiers’ Pit Park amphitheater on North Country Club Road. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under.
“Everything you need to do to sign up for the pageant is online,” Mauldin-Barnes said. “You can fill out the form and upload your music. It’s free to enter and you could be a duck king or queen and win some great prizes.”
The grand prize for the GADR King/Queen is $750 cash, a one-night stay at a get-away location, GADR t-shirt, a live duck race entry, a crown and flowers and $100 cash from 1st New Mexico Bank.
The runner-up in the King/Queen category will take home $500 cash.
The four remaining age divisions will also receive prize packages.
“The duck royalty pageant is open to anyone who has ever had the desire to waddle in public,” Mauldin-Barnes says.
The basis for judging will be:
• Costume – Looking for originality and duck waddle
• Talent – Create a 2- to 4-minute duck routine to impress the judges.
• Interview (for King/Queen only) – General fowl knowledge, Poise and overall ability to represent the Great American Duck Race of Deming and anything the judges may “Quack” up.
Winners and 1st runner-ups will all receive cash prizes. You can see the prize packages at www.demingduckrace.com.
“All of our contestants are invited to ride on the royalty pageant parade float on Saturday, Aug. 26,” Mauldin-Barnes said. “Our queen and/or king will also perform for the Mizkan Sponsors’ Party on Friday, Aug. 25.
Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-546-2611 (ext. 2606) or email@example.com.
If you go
Who: Yoya’s Bar and Grill (sponsor)
What: Great American Duck Royalty Pageant
When: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017
Where: Voiers’ Pit Park Amphitheater, North Country Club Road
Why: The crowing of royalty for the 38th annual Great American Duck Race weekend, Aug. 24-27
Age divsions: Just Hatched, 0-12 months; Li’l Waddlers, 2-4; Downey Ducklings, 5-8; Darling Ducklings, 9-12; Queen and/or King, 13 and up
Register: Online at www.demingduckrace.com
Admission: Adults, $5; children 12 and under, $3
DEMING – Fans of the Great American Duck Race will get a brief history lesson when they don their commemorative T-shirts for the 38th annual edition of Deming’s claim to fame.
“Racing the Rails” is the theme of this year’s race and the design for this year’s highly-collectible T-shirts.
“The design is based on the history of Deming,” said Karl Bennett of Karl’s Embroidery and Screen Printing at 420 E. Spruce St. “Deming was built in parallel to the railroad coming through.”
The GADR Committee worked extensively on coming up with this year’s logo and theme, keeping in mind that the town was built along the railroad route that joined the east to the west.
In March of 1881, a silver spike was driven to commemorate the union of the Santa Fe and Southern Pacific railroads that completed the second transcontinental railroad, linking the east to the west.
Once the concept of the theme came to Bennett’s business his crew began work on the design and the finished work was approved by the Committee.
“We have done so many different themes that it will at some point come full circle,” Bennett said.
A social media survey was circulated on what duck race fans wanted in terms of the color of shirts the logo would be printed on. The final tally called for charcoal, blue, pink and purple.
“The shirts should be ready by the end of next week and we will sell them here,” Bennett said.
The shirts will sell for $15 in any of the four colors and sizes will range from youth x-small to adult 3xl.
This year Bennett has added the popular razorback tank tops for women in all four colors. They will sell for $15 also.
“It’s always a challenge, but we will meet it,” Bennett said. “We plan to print in the neighborhood of 800 shirts. It’s a little down this year, but the committee would rather sell out instead of carry over into next year.”
A special batch of shirts will be printed for three different entities of the 38th annual duck race. “We went with a denim blue for the sponsors, a charcoal for the staff and the hot-air balloons will get a lime green,” said committee member Kristy Garay.
The Great American Duck Race is scheduled for August 24-27. The events will open on Thursday, Aug. 24, with the Mizkan Duck Royalty Pageant at 6:30 p.m. at the Voiers’ Park amphitheater. A king of queen will be crowned to reign over duck race weekend.
On Friday, Aug. 25, The Mizkan Sponsor Party will begin at 4 p.m. at the Deming Elks Lodge, 3401 Raymond Reed Blvd.
Saturday, Aug. 26 will feature a full slate of activities for duck race fans. The day will include horseshoe pitching, slow-pitch softball, live entertainment, the Solitaire Homes Hot-Air Balloon mass ascension (weather permitting), Desert Classic Car Show, carnival and the ever-popular Duck Mart (vendors).
The PNM Tournament of Ducks parade will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the first day of live duck racing on wet and dry tracks. Race a duck for $5 and have a shot at making it to Sunday’s finals and a shot at the prize money purse. The racing begins at noon.
Also on Saturday, fans can expect the Amigo’s Great American Tortilla Toss and the Great American Outhouse Race sprinkled around the St. Clair Beer and Wine Garden, the First Financial Credit Union and the First United Methodist Church Barbecue.
Sunday’s highlights will be begin with more hot-air balloons, slow-pitch softball, a washers tournament and the highly-anticipated duck race finals on wet and dry track.
Bill Armendariz can be reached at 575-546-2611 (ext. 2606) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEMING - Planning for the Great American Duck Race is in full swing as committee members meet to line up sponsors and volunteers for the Aug. 25-28 event.
Tuesday’s board meeting solidified some of the sponsors as well as established new rules and regulations for some of the favored events of the races. The festival is one of the Deming's major events and draws as many as 10,000 visitors for a weekend of activities.
The races hold various levels of sponsorship that are filled by different companies and individuals to support the events. They are responsible for the needed costs of operations for the races and many companies have elected to sponsor chosen events such as the Tournament of Ducks Parade, which will be backed by PNM. Additional sponsors of the event include Mizkan America, Solitaire Homes, Amigo’s Mexican Food and many others.
“With the passing of Dave Johnson, we did not have a website, we did not have a telephone and there was no access to us,” said Duck Race Treasurer Marie Pinchuk. “Now that we’ve got that operating again, it’s helping a lot.”
One of the biggest sponsors so far is Luna Energy Facility who has donated the $5,000 corporate sponsor level for the event. Sponsorship levels are ranked for both companies and individuals and Luna Energy Facility has been a prevalent sponsor of the event for some time.
Changes will be made to the Great American Washer Tournament as well as the Great American Horseshoe Pitching Tournament. As per request of Tommy Esquivel, the event chairman for the tournaments, players are encouraged to bring their own horseshoes for the event. The amount of shoes able to be provided has dramatically decreased from last year, and players must try to bring their own for this year’s event.
The Great American Washer Tournament will also see changes, as the size of the washers has been changed from 3-inch washers to 2½-inch washers for this year.
For the past 36 years, the Great American Duck Races has brought thousands of people to Deming to celebrate a lasting tradition. Events at the festival include a live water and dry duck races, The Duck Royalty Pageant, the Great American Tortilla Toss as well as the Great American Outhouse Race. Vendors of all types will also be present during the festival selling various goods.
DEMING - What better way to cool off in the summer heat that a trip to the beach? Residents of Deming and tourists from all around will gather in the desert to celebrate the 37th annual Great American Deming Duck Race, Aug. 25-28.
Flowing out of the mind and creativity of Dave Johnson, the late Chief Publicity Quacker of the GADR, the beach party duck theme will be the main focus in the pageants, parades and other aspect of the race weekend.
The GADR Committee will honor Johnson's 30-plus years with the duck races as post-humous grand marshal of the Tournament of Ducks parade. The parade is slated for 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27.
Designed by Daniel Gonzales, the logo features a duck racing to a day at the beach with an inflatable ring, umbrella and sand pail.
“Dave had a couple of ideas when we had a meeting, and we all kind of agreed on the beach party duck because he really liked that idea,” said Amanda Mauldin-Barnes, vice president of the GADR Committee. And so after he passed, it was just what he wanted, so for sure that’s what we’re going to do.”
Johnson fell ill in March and passed away at age 62.
This year will feature the same competitive events and will add some new attractions for those who plan to attend. A car show, featuring classic show cars in the area will be open for the public as well a beer and wine garden provided by St. Clair Winery. The garden will be a feature from the past that the duck races has worked to bring back for this year.
“Now that Dave’s not here, we’ve all had to step up and take roles of everything that Dave did,” said Mauldin-Barnes. “I just have bigger shoes to fill.”
The annual Great American Tortilla Toss, Great American Outhouse Races and other community favorites will also be held in the spirit and tradition of racing ducks. Live duck racing is still the main attraction on wet and dry tracks. Cash prizes will he awarded to the top finishers on both tracks.
“It's something the whole community looks forwards to. It’s not just one person putting it on, it’s a community event and everybody supports it,” Mauldin-Barnes said.
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DEMING - Visitors at this year’s 37th annual Great American Duck Race can expect the same wacky, family-friendly fun as usual, but organizers hope the addition of several new attractions will make the event more enjoyable.
The events will take place from Thursday, Aug. 25 to Sunday, Aug. 28 at locations around the community, with the main attractions centered around the Luna County Courthouse, 700 S. Silver Ave., and its McKinley Duck Downs.
A new attraction that organizers feel will be enjoyed by visitors of all ages is the Desert Classics Car Show, which will take place in the parking lot for the New Mexico Sixth Judicial District Courthouse off Poplar Street. The event is free and open to the public.
“Poplar Street has always been a hub for rides, games and food during the races, but we felt adding a car show would make the area even more entertaining for our guests,” said Marie Pinchuk, one of the event organizers. “We appreciate the Desert Classics Car Club for stepping up to participate.”
Also new around the courthouse will be the re-introduction of the wine and beer garden, which will be provided by St. Clair Winery. It will be located south of the pavilion in Courthouse Park. A portion of the proceeds from sales will go back to the Duck Race Committee to help organize future events.
“We are excited to partner with the committee and bring this feature back to the Duck Races,” said Larry Donigan, general manager of the Deming Winery and Tasting Room. “Our staff are trained in responsible serving, so we expect everyone to have a good time and stay safe.”
For questions about the wine and beer garden, contact him at 575-546-9324 (ext. 13).
On a more somber note, Duck Race organizers plan to honor the memory of longtime committee member and Duck Race icon Dave Johnson by posthumously making him the grand marshal of the Tournament of Ducks Parade. Johnson passed away from a brief illness on March, 26 of this year.
The parade will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27 around downtown Deming. Organizers have also renamed the judging stand to the Dave Johnson Pavilion. Pinchuk said Johnson was involved in the annual event for nearly 30 years, mostly has Chief Publicity Quacker.
The last new announcement from the committee is that the sponsor party will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 at the Deming Elk’s Lodge, located at 3401 Raymond Reed Blvd. in Deming Industrial Park.
The Duck Race weekend will still feature many of your favorite events, including the Duck Royalty Pageant, Great American Tortilla Toss, Great American Outhouse Race, the Duck Mart, carnival, live entertainment, hot air balloon mass ascension, slow pitch softball tournaments, Great American Horseshoe and Washers tournaments, First United Methodist Church Barbecue, and of course, live duck racing on wet and dry tracks.
Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the events should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
DEMING — Its almost that time of year when thousands migrate and flock to Deming. The annual Deming Duck Races are just around the corner and preliminary preparations for the festivities have begun.
The theme of this year races, which marks 37 years of duck celebrations in Deming, will be "Beach Party Duck". The race event will take place on August 25 to Aug. 28 at Courthouse Park, 700 S Silver Ave.
This will be the first year in many years where the races will be conducted without Dave Johnson, the late Secretary and Treasurer who's presence was always an important part of the Duck Races. In his memory, the judges stand will be dedicated as the "Dave Johnson Stand".
"He spent so many years up there and we want to keep him up there," said current Duck Race Treasurer Marie Pinchuck . Pinchuck succeeds the position from Johnson for this year's event.
Johnson will be remembered this year as the Grand Marshal of the Duck Races.
Building the Duck Races has been slow so far due to a website crash that brought down the organization's site and halted online traffic. The new site is currently under construction by designer Daniel Gonzales who will also be designing the logo.
"We bought our ducks, they're being raised, they're ducklings and they're going to be ready to go. They'll be ducks by the time the races get here," laughs Secretary Joanna Costilla. Costilla succeeds Johnson's other position on the Duck Races board as the newly elected secretary.
Racing will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 27 with other events starting on Thursday, Aug. 25 and lasting until Sunday Aug. 28. Additional events included in this year's races are the annual pageant, carnival, tortilla toss and a car show sponsored by the Desert Classics Car Club.
"Its a huge community event and its been running so long its become a staple of what Deming is," said Costilla. "Its a trademark of Deming, the 'Deming Duck Races'."
Entry to the races is always free however it costs $5 to enter in the races. Races this year will include wet and dry races and separate prize for each category of race.
While the website may take several weeks to be completed, those interested in volunteering or sponsoring are encouraged to send an email to email@example.com for more information.