Annual duck race raising money for homeless pets in Carson area

Presented by Petco Foundation, Nevada Humane Society’s Duck Race & Festival is returning for a sixth year with a goal to adopt 30,000 rubber ducks to benefit homeless pets.

Anyone can adopt a rubber duck now, then spend a day in Wingfield Park to cheer on their duck as they race down the Truckee River. The grand prize is a 2015 Toyota Corolla donated by Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion.

You can adopt a Lonely Duck, a Quack Pack, or another ducky package starting at $5. Rubber ducks are at or at the Nevada Humane Society shelter in both Reno and Carson City. Ducks are also available at a variety of community events, including farmers markets, Aces games and more.

The Duck Race & Festival, offering live entertainment, clowns, carnival games, vendors and refreshments, will be from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 23. Dogs and cats from Nevada Humane Society will be there in search of loving homes. The duck race will commence at 4 p.m., with prize winners announced shortly after the race. Winners do not need to be present.

This event’s sponsors include: Petco Foundation, Dick Campagni’s Carson City Toyota Scion, KRNV News 4, FOX News, My 21 TV, KOH 780AM, K-Bull 98.1, Magic 95.5, Wild 102.9, Reno News & Review, Q&D Construction, CustomInk and the City of Reno. Admission is free, and pets are not permitted at the event.

For more information about Nevada Humane Society, go to, or call 775-856-2000.


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