“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.