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Family Friendly Event Supports the Nevada Humane Society

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Update for 2017 - The Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival will not be held in 2017 due to high flows on the Truckee River. Instead, the "Walk for Animals" returns and will be at Sparks Marina Park on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

The 2016 Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival will be in Wingfield Park on Sunday, August 21. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the duck race launching into the Truckee River at 4 p.m. In addition to the duck race itself, other family-friendly things to enjoy include live music and entertainment, a carnival, clowns, face painting, a photo booth, food trucks, pet adoptions, a celebrity duck auction and more. Admission is free.

The Duck Race and Festival is a benefit event supporting the Nevada Humane Society (NHS) in Reno. NHS is a no - kill animal shelter that has achieved national recognition for its outstanding efforts in dealing with homeless pets in the Reno area.

No Dogs: Do not bring your dogs to the event. City of Reno park regulations allow only certified service animals at special events.

Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival, NV
Duck race duckies surge down the Truckee River during the Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival at Wingfield Park in Reno, Nevada. Photo © Stan White

Adopt a Duck for the Duck Race and Festival

Rubber ducks are available for adoption for just $5 each and less per duck when adopted in packages of 5, 13, 25, and 50., You can adopt online or at the Nevada Humane Society shelter in both Reno and Carson City. In addition, ducks are available at a variety of community events, including farmers markets, Reno Aces games, and more.

Grand prize is a 2016 Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni's Carson City Toyota Scion. The first duck (not necessarily the fastest duck) to reach the finish line and enter the official duck trap will be the grand prize winner and can drive off with the car that night.

More Duck Race and Festival Information

Source: Nevada Humane Society.

Crowd cheers the ducks at the finish line, Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival, Reno, NV
Crowd cheers the ducks at the duck race finish line, Nevada Humane Society Duck Race and Festival, Wingfield Park, Reno. Photo © Stan White

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