May 15, 2020
Contact: Joanna Costilla
The Duck Races have been the trademark of Deming for over four decades and draw huge crowds from all over New Mexico and our neighboring states for a weekend of fun, food, and fast ducks.
It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the cancellation of the 2020 Great American Duck Races. As we have watched the progress of this pandemic, we reached the conclusion that we must cancel this year’s races to keep our community and region safe. The decision is a difficult one and is made with all of you, your safety, and your health – in mind.
We look forward to continue bringing this trademark event to our community, region, and state when it is safe to do so. The 2021 races are planned to be held August 26-29, 2021!
We are as heartbroken as you are but look forward to having an even better event in 2021! We would like to thank you for your continued support of our event and allowing us to continue this tradition for 40 years!
What happens next?
We’re inviting the community to adopt the ducklings we’re currently raising. The planned pickup date is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19 and Thursday, May 21 from 5-6pm. The ducklings can be adopted by stopping by Mimbres Valley Feed Parking Lot located at 1410 Columbus Rd. Please bring a donation and a carrier or box to adopt the ducklings. The donations will go to the Deming Luna County Humane Society.
Joanna Costilla, Chief Quacker
Great American Duck Race Committee