Duck Races

  • Venue:
    On The Road Again
  • Start:
    October 3, 2015 11:00 am
  • End:
    October 3, 2015 3:00 pm
  • Address:
    901 Southview Blvd
    South St. Paul, MN, 55075
  • Cost:
    This is a free community event. Ducks can be adopted for a fee to compete for prizes.

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Great Neighbors Duck Races

Join Neighbors for a day of fun, duck races, food, and entertainment! All proceeds from the Duck Races will be used locally to support Neighbors, Inc. emergency and supportive programs.


185How the Duck Races Work

People (or organizations / groups) sponsor one or more ducks (cost is $5 a duck). Each duck is entered into a preliminary race, or heat. The top finishers in each heat then go on to race in the finals. The heat winners each earn a prize and then the top three finishers in the final race earn huge prizes, as does the last duck to finish the final race, the Lazy Duck.


 Get Your Ducks!

Ducks are just $5 and the proceeds will go to a good cause.  Because of gambling laws we cannot sell the duck certificates online, but you can download a certificate and mail it in with payment. Click here to download your certificate: 2015 Duck Race Certificate

You Can Win Prizes!

Altogether the prizes are worth $5,000, so it’s no wonder these ducks try so hard to win for their “owners.” Chances to win are 1 in 27 people to  win prizes (based on 2013 numbers.) Those are great odds and there is no chance you won’t have fun!

Grand Prizes

Where Are The Duck Races?

This event is held as a part South St. Paul’s On the Road Again.  It is a fun, festive event.  In order to give the feel of the Mississippi River to the streets of South St. Paul we had to create our own river.  Our amazing volunteers designed and built a 50-foot chute and a large duck-shaped holding tank. We fill the holding tank with water, line the ducks up at the top of the chute, open a water gate, and the ducks are carried down our “river” by hundreds of gallons of water and the best wishes of onlookers. The ducks race down the chute, cross the line and come to rest in a “pond.” The water drains out and the ducks are recaptured. Those that don’t finish “in the money” retire for the day; the top finishers are set aside to prepare for the final race of the day.

See the 2014 video put together by Shawn Vougeot at Town Square Television here:

Coloring Contest

For the second year in a row, Neighbors will be holding a youth coloring contest in conjunction with the Duck Races. The two youth categories are: Kindergarten through 3rd grade and 4th through 6th grades. Completed entries can be dropped off at the following event sponsor locations until noon on Thursday, October 1st: Antonsen Construction, Bremer Bank SSP, Central Bank or Volkswagen of Inver Grove Heights. Winners will be announced at the Duck Races on October 3rd. Click here to download the coloring contest entry form: 2015 Duck Race Coloring Contest Entry Form Good luck!

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