Duck Races in Vail, Colorado

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck watched 13,000 of our yellow cousins race down Gore Creek in Vail. It was incredible! Here come some of them.

Ducks racing on Gore Creek

Ducks racing on Gore Creek

Many cousins got stuck along the bank of Gore Creek.

They can make it!

They can make it!

Humans watched from International Bridge in Vail.

Watching from Vail's International Bridge

Watching from Vail’s International Bridge

The end of the race got a little congested.   Wow, this looks like the traffic jam on I-70.

Some of the 13,000 ducks

Some of the 13,000 ducks

So many ducks!

This festival in Vail hosted so many food booths and other venders.

Venders and visitors

Venders and visitors

This booth is for Macanudo Cigars.

Macanudo Cigars

Macanudo Cigars

Didn’t I just see their sponsorship for a televised golf tournament?  Here little humans ride the mechanical bull.

He had a good ride

He had a good ride

He held on for several seconds. Seems that ducks are the guests of honor. A new game here, Pluck A Duck.

Pluck A Duck Game

Pluck A Duck Game

We like anything with ducks. This duck cut out is awesome.

Handsome ducks!

Handsome ducks!

Looks just like us!

The Vail Rotary Club sponsors these ducks races. The ducks are the primary fundraiser for this organization. Humans pay $5 to adopt a duck for the race. The first 20 ducks receive a prize. The grand prize is $5,000. There are over 13,000 ducks and more than 10,000 human spectators. That’s more ducks than humans!

Soapy, Zeb, and our moms had a great day in Vail. Vail is about 100 miles west of Denver on I-70, so it is an easy drive to get here. The scenery is stunning. Vail is a great resort, for a day or several weeks.   We hope you will experience Vail soon.

We love ducks!

We love ducks!

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